Deep reading means array of sophisticated processes that propel comprehension and that include inferential and deductive reasoning, analogical skills, critical analysis, reflection and insight. A reader might just need milliseconds to execute these processes and it would develop his level of thinking and comprehension. According to research, prints play a vital role to catch readers’ attention to a better understanding of the material. As you understand what you read, comprehension is involved. It is something that readers should develop in order for them to understand clearly what they read. Readers must be engaged in reading with understanding and not just reading but ‘deep reading’. What we read and how deeply we read shape both the brain and the reader. Reading requires our whole attention for us to learn. It is important that in reading we should have deep understanding of what we read that enables us to think. What we read reflects the total us and how deep we read shapes readers’ mind. As a result, readers’ level of thinking would evolve and enhance. New learning and knowledge would be added to his mind based on what he understood. Shaping our minds to become more intellectual is not given as experts say. It is a matter of practice and application of one’s comprehension skills.
Destructions might also affect the way readers read. Readers get distracted of new inventions today like the digital technology. For an instance, a Shakespearean play in a book could be found using digital technology by just simply playing an audio or a video. Readers then would be attracted of its artistic interpretations. However, these new technologies were easily available but it has the potential to form a more passive and a “deluded” learner as Socrates said. It is possible for us all humans to access the internet which contains different texts that we want or need to read. Although it can be easily accessed, online reading presents extreme sorts of information which are uncensored, unedited and maelstrom of everything that diverts one’s attention. Our ability to read might be changed due to the access to online sources. Students are the best example in this type of new technology. They are fond of surfing the net and would end up copying and then paste. It is beneficial on their part that sites include hyperlinks which leads them to endless websites. New learning may occur like the enhancement of one’s vocabulary. But sometimes, students lost what are essential – comprehension and their ability to evaluate sites which are useful or distracting. Without their knowledge or ability to evaluate, they will end up having irrelevant and unrelated information. Online reading presents new richness and new challenges to readers. It also opens to great distractions. Some researchers say that elementary-age students are less likely to recall information from a source filled with many pictures and animations. This changes the intellectual capacity of a child to gain new knowledge and lost the very essence of reading – comprehension and learning.
Online reading tends to reward cognitive skills such as multitasking and habituating learners to immediate information gathering and quick attention shifts. What makes online reading sometimes wrong is that it is a source of multiple distractions leading to lesser learning. Moreover, it loses readers’ critical thinking and better comprehension of ideas. But of course, we cannot say that online reading is bad and a print literary is good and vice-versa. It is on readers’ point of view to take online reading as beneficial or a print literacy. This transition to digital age ensures readers that both online and print reading will meet the needs of different individuals in our society today. Let us not forget that reading has its benefits and would shape not just our minds but our whole self in facing the world full of uncertainties which requires us deep understanding and better critical thinking of the happenings around us. We, readers, should continue to strive in enhancing our mental capabilities to a better and more meaningful comprehension.
-Fiel Pareja, MPM