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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Students — especially those who are always glued to a screen — learn better from print, not digital textbooks

Students — especially those who are always glued to a screen — learn better from print, not digital textbooks: Researchers have found that while most students say they prefer reading on a screen, their performance ends up suffering when they opt for a digital textbook, according to Business Insider. Part of the issue is “related to the disruptive effect that scrolling has on comprehension,” which applies to text that is longer than one page long. However, the main factor is that “digital natives” — students who grew up with or are highly accustomed to digital media — tend to read faster from a screen than from print, which results in fewer ideas and concepts being absorbed and therefore a lower rate of comprehension. The only exception to the rule: Individuals who are not accustomed to screens and therefore read more slowly, granting their brain more time to digest the information at hand.

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