The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

Turning the pages of a paper book is like leaving one footprint after another on the trail—there’s a rhythm to it and a visible record of how far one has traveled.

I actually read faster and comprehend more on screen.  I also feel like I have more control with a digital device, even if I’m one click away from Twitter.  

Replicating the physical reading experience on the digital screen shouldn’t be the goal.  Learning more is.  You’re one click away from Wikipedia upon reading on a Smartphone or tablet.  That’s more context that helps understand the bigger picture, how it all connects.  

Digital reading is just a different style of consumption that will one day become the mainstream way to learn.  It’s all about pictures anyway.  

Cheers to print!  

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.