It’s now more common to meet a person, reading an e-book, rather than a traditional one. According to The New York Times, the sales of e-books decreased in 2015. While researchers are trying to find out how e-books affect our comprehension, here are a few proofs, why traditional books are superior to their electronic brothers.
1. Worse Comprehension. One of the most vivid Benefits of Paper Books is easy understanding. Scientists proved that e-books negatively impact high-school students’ reading comprehension. Sometimes, students are just distracted from reading by various games that they prefer to studying material. On the other hand, there are a few interactive features that improve reading comprehension and are more helpful than simple typing-graphics games.
2. Easy Distraction. Studies conducted by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center have also proved this disadvantage of interactive e-books. Children who read improved electronic books are more likely to be distracted by the games or other applications. On the contrary, traditional books readers or children who were given basic e-books are prone to remember more information.
3. Decreased Memory Capabilities. One of the recent researches has shown that e-books aren’t the best way to read. Fifty adults, who took part in the experiment, were given the same 28-page story – 25 participants read it in paperback and 25 – from the screen. After having read it, they received a task – to put the events from the book in chronological order. Traditional readers coped with the task much better than e-book readers did.
4. Students’ Preferences. Online textbooks are often cheaper and easier to carry. Despite these facts, college students rarely rely on them. In some surveys conducted among students, the majority decided to choose traditional textbooks. However, the research conducted by the UK’s National Literacy Trust found out, that nearly half of the kids prefer reading from the screen.
5. Eyesight Draining. Long screen reading may be tiring for the eyes and brain. According to the research done by Swedish scientists in 2005, e-book reading requires higher cognitive workload, while the traditional one doesn’t. Moreover, spoiling the art of reading with e-books using LED, may make you suffer at night and feel bad during the next day in accordance with the study done at the Harvard University in 2014. As a result, say no to the backlight, if you have still chosen screen reading.
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