Summary of Fragmented Reading is Making You More and More Stupid

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Many people in China and elsewhere try to take advantage of every little scrap of downtime. With the proliferation of the mobile Internet and social media, the number of wemedia channels and paid-content companies in China has exploded, and people subscribe to massive amounts of articles and podcasts to read or listen to when they have a moment of spare time. Feng Xu, a therapist and blogger on the wemedia channel Psychology Open Class, presents his case against “fragmented reading” and prescribes a way to break the habit. Ironically, he is making this appeal to the public using the same medium and writing style that he fervently attacks in his article. Nevertheless, his challenge of the “knowledge consumption trend” that has taken hold of China in the last two years makes his perspective interesting. getAbstract recommends this article to young professionals, procrastinators, people with cellphone addictions and people who want to make better use of their time.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you should avoid reading during the scattered moments of downtime,
  • How to cut down on low-value “fragmented reading” and
  • How to return to a habit of “deep reading.”

About the Author

Feng Xu is a blogger and therapist who writes for the WeChat wemedia channel Psychology Open Class.



The Internet – along with mobile smartphones – is changing the way people read. The practice of “fragmented reading” – the behavior of reading in spurts and on the go – is replacing old habits of “deep reading” in extended blocks of time. Fragmented reading allows readers to acquire a wider range of information from more diverse sources. However, the flip side of fragmented reading reveals five problems: