After the jump, so what is it?
Yeah, I think that's it. Having to put words down on paper forces me to think harder about what I really believe. I'm not trying to convince you what to believe. I'm trying to figure out what to believe myself.When you write something online -- whether it's a one-sentence status update, a comment on someone's photo, or a thousand-word post -- you're doing it with the expectation that someone might read it.
Studies have found that the effort of communicating to someone else forces you to pay more attention and learn more.
Source: Clive Thompson.
Read Clive Thompson's complete essay on how "Thinking Out Loud" helps make us smarter.