The act of reading consumes spoons.

Moving your eyes across the letters, forming them into words, interpreting their syntax, reflecting on their meaning, integrating it into memory - all of this combines into a high-focus activity consuming finite brain resources. It can stealthily deplete you. If you're mentally exhausted, think about how much you're reading, not just what you're reading.


This insight brought to you by a recent rediscovery of how bad infinite scrolling apps are to have on a mobile phone. The temptation is to check them any time you're not doing something else, and it can really add up. Better to not have them constantly available at all.

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