I have indeed been using Medium like Facebook.
I’ve fallen for the trap you describe of speed-reading through Medium. But the slow reading you describe appeals deeply to me, and all the more in this age of distraction. (It says a lot, too, about how much social media has influenced me that I find myself approaching Medium in the same way as I do the Big Blue Brother.)
The problem is, I have a ton of articles in my reading list that I saved because I wanted to take my time to slow read them, and now I’ve only succeeded in making the list another repository for digital clutter.
But I like your method of beginning your day with Medium, and I think I’ll try that with this. I’m considering a new method as well, which worked for me in school: taking notes in a paper notebook (actually my Bullet Journal) while watching videos I want to focus on. And I think I should try that with articles I intend to take seriously: perhaps the very act of holding my pen in one hand may help ground me as I read.
And finally it occurs to me that the entire reason Medium has responses instead of just comments and formats them as their own posts is to nudge us all toward more thoughtfulness in creating them. And while it’s up to each person to decide if they’ll take the opportunity I realised reading your post that I do. And I’m starting right now, with this one.
Because to paraphrase your point: a thoughtful articulation of an idea deserves thoughtful consideration, and should stimulate a thoughtful response.
Thanks a lot for this thought, Robyn.