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Paper beats screen in focused reading: report

Paper beats screen in focused reading: report

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Published : 2013-12-16 18:26
Updated : 2013-12-16 18:29

Even in the era of “digital natives,” reading on paper may still give a competitive edge over reading on screen, the Financial Times reported.

For skimming a short message, reading on screen may not matter, but screen is not best suited to “deep” reading, it said. “My personal feeling is that paper is better for deep, focused reading, especially if you grew up with it,” said Maryanne Wolf, director of the U.S.-based Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University.

Other factors are also important. In low light, an iPad may be a good choice while the e-ink Kindle or paper remain better in bright sunlight.

Overall, however, paper beats screen as far as reading is concerned, the paper said, citing the former‘s advantages such as natural note-taking, easier location of important passages and the “feel“ of the book that might encourage readers to make more of an effort.

By Ock Hyun-ju, Intern reporter

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