I have noticed I better understand information when I read it on paper than on a screen. A recently-published study that my friend Nan drew my attention to has confirmed my suspicion: we have better comprehension and retention of information read from paper than from e-readers.
The article shows it doesn’t stop there. We tend to skim on screens, and read more in depth on paper. But as more people read information on screens, the ability to pay attention long enough to immerse ourselves in printed material is being lost.
Although I certainly see the practical side of e-readers, I’m not a fan. I hadn’t thought of an e-reader affecting my “serendipity” but the lack of control the article describes, being unable to flip through pages at will (instead of at the mercy of the touch screen) is a big reason why I stick to paper books.
You can read the entire article here: Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books
Do you prefer reading paper books, or on an e-reader? Or do you enjoy both?