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Old Jan 28, 2013, 12:02 AM   #1
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Is reading on screens really that bad?


Do you personally see a drop in attention span because of this? I find it much easier to read on a screen than on paper, but maybe it's just me...
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 01:53 AM   #2
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No way! I've probably got a better attention span now than I have in the last 10 years (In fact, I remember pretty much everything I've ever wrote and read on the internet, and have been using it since the mid 90's). I love reading on screens too, after tweaking them to my taste anyway.

That test doesn't make any sense. Everyone has their own style of reading. Some people can get really into a book (like me), others choose to speed read, and that's why the attention portion of the brain isn't in use. Because you're not paying attention, you're just reading very quickly and picking up very little.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:09 AM   #3
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Reading stuff on my tablet I can stay hooked for hours If anything, my attention span has increased
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:18 AM   #4
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When you read on digital screens, the human brain circuits become accustomed to easy reading, and the overall cognitive and thinking capacities may be undermined.
What is easy reading?
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 08:29 AM   #5
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If I'm going to do a lot of reading (PDF, large text documents) I prefer to just email it over to my Kindle. I can read stuff on my iPad just fine but I don't like the weight and (same with computer monitors) I find prolonged reading to be a bit painful.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 09:24 AM   #6
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I don't really have any problem reading off of normal screens TBH. I used to have a Kindle but when the screen smashed itself after the warranty expired I never bothered replacing it and just started using my tablet instead. Not had any issues doing so.
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