Hypertext Comprehension and Delinkification

Decid­ing wheth­er to click on links while read­ing mater­i­al in hyper­text form gives rise to an addi­tion­al cog­nit­ive load and addi­tion­al dis­trac­tions, goes a the­ory cham­pioned by Steve Gill­mor and Nich­olas Carr.

In cer­tain cir­cum­stances this is an argu­ment for the “delink­i­fic­a­tion” of text, they sug­gest, as this will hope­fully bring about increased com­pre­hen­sion.

While I don’t totally agree, I find this ana­logy rather neat:

The link is, in a way, a tech­no­lo­gic­ally advanced form of a foot­note. It’s also, dis­trac­tion-wise, a more viol­ent form of a foot­note. Where a foot­note gives your brain a gentle nudge, the link gives it a yank. What’s good about a link – its propuls­ive force – is also what’s bad about it.

via @anibalmastobiza

Primary link: Nich­olas Car­r arguing for delink­i­fic­a­tion.
Sup­port link: Steve Gill­mor’s Wiki­pe­dia entry.
Sup­port link: Nich­olas Car­r’s Wiki­pe­dia entry.
By means of: Ani­bal Astobiz­a­’s tweet.

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