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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Science shows reading REAL books is better for your mind than reading their digital impressions.

It's no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.
The debate between paper books and e-readers has been vicious since the first Kindle came out in 2007. Most arguments have been about the sentimental versus the practical, between people who prefer how paper pages feel in their hands and people who argue for the practicality of e-readers. But now science has weighed in, and the studies are on the side of paper books. 
Reading in print helps with comprehension. 
A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback. Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University concluded that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does."
Click here for the rest of this article by Rachel Grate.

. . . and, just in case you're thinking about the Fairfax County Public Library budget, real books are much less expensive than their digital counterparts.  Still, the County seems intent on generally ridding our libraries of books in paper, especially those meant for a younger audience who most need to develop their comprehension skills.

Go figure!

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