Tech Tuesday: Impact of technology on reading

Tech Tuesday: Impact of technology on reading

Tech Tuesday: Impact of technology on reading

Date posted: April 29, 2014

Digital text is becoming more popular. It’s still early days to know all the benefits and drawbacks of reading digital material. But, the conversation is interesting. Here are a few of the more recent ideas:

The reading brain in the digital age: the science of paper versus screens (2013) – This article from Scientific American looks at some of the advantages of reading on paper.

Reading in the mobile era: a study of mobile reading in developing countries (2014) – This new report from UNESCO looks at the ability of mobile technology to provide access to text, and advance literacy and learning in developing countries.

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say (2014) – This article from The Washington Post looks at the issue of digital reading that skims through an abundance of information may compete with the processes for deep reading.

And, here’s a graphic from Scientific American that summarizes why people seem to better understand and remember text read on paper than on screens. (Click the image to enlarge).

Paper vs. print

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