Digitalization is go of day. Slowly we are being dependant on screens for reading rather than reading books. Many good stories are converted to movies and series. Many comics are converted to animations. As movies and animations are more eye catching and interesting everyone prefer it more than reading. But is there any difference between reading and seeing other screens?
We all heard the warning as kids: “That mobile will rot your brain!” You may even find yourself repeating the threat when you see young eyes glued to the mobile instead of exploring the real world. The interest in screen is increasing day by day. Many people reading e books instead of real books. Good content attractive graphics attracting young people towards themselves. Again some apps provide easy reading from screen.
SCREEN VS BOOKS
With brain imaging, the effects of regular screen viewing on a child’s neural circuits are plain to see. Studies suggest watching television for prolonged periods changes the anatomical structure of a child’s brain and lowers verbal abilities.
We tend to scan screens because they emit direct light. Conversely, it’s easier to focus on books because they reflect light. Consequently, books are better than screens for visual focus, while screens are better than books for visual scanning.
When it comes to reading, books are better than screens for concentrating and recalling content from memory. In contrast, screens are better than books for searching or sifting through information to find content quickly.
Most students who use laptops in the classroom end up spending considerable time multitasking, which distracts them from learning class material. In short, when digital technology distracts students, they find it difficult to pay attention and reflect upon the subject matter.
Printed books keep more attention. Printed books help in absorb more substance. They ignite multiple senses and bring more joy. But in case of ebooks, you can keep it with you always. Less space needed. You can keep it for revision multiple times.
Books tend to work better for the kinds of learning that require focusing, recalling, and reflecting. Along with it helps in better attention, memory, emotion and provide more happiness. That’s why books are better than screens for reading.
Gluck MA, Mercado E, Myers CE. Learning and memory: From brain to behavior. New York: Worth Publishers; 2008.