Second gear, lean right

Mobile devices are extensions of our selves. It should then come as no surprise that mobile platforms begin to affect when we read.

Like TiVo, computers allow us to save articles and peruse them later. A survey by Read It Later — a plug-in like Instapaper, for saving web pages — shows that mobile devices are shifting our reading times.

Computer users tend to read consistently throughout the day, but iPhone users have determinate spikes. Read It Later calls them “whitespace” times: in line, at the bus stop, on the commute. When you’re playing Angry Birds, others are reading.

iPhone users spike at 6 and 9 a.m. and then again from 5 to 6 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. Mobile devices allow us to take our readings on the go, unlike the chain our computers so willingly provide.

Modest computer readers should feel more like this guy at the mobile party:


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