Is reading on screens really that bad?

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    kylera

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    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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    Jessica Lares

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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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    Reading stuff on my tablet I can stay hooked for hours :) If anything, my attention span has increased :eek:
     
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    What is easy reading?
     
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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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    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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    I really hate news articles that reference scientific research and fail to cite it. This is even worse because they are referencing a secondary source and not even linking to that! I've experienced first hand how popular news deliberately or accidentally gets research wrong when reporting it to the public. It is a failure on several levels, but there is no excuse to not give the citation to the original research article.

    I prefer to read print. I'm staring at a screen all day and it helps to relieve the strain of squinting at bright pixels for hours on end.
     
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    Could be worse. Could be a Daily Mail article.

     
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    It depends on what one is reading, and, in turn, that influences how one reads it. I find that if I merely need information, the online world is an excellent source, but if I want to think about what I am reading, I prefer it in a hard copy format.

    Personally, I don't mind reading newspaper articles and short pieces that don't require close attention online, though I prefer to read longer, more thoughtful, articles in an actual paper or publication format.

    Likewise, I still much prefer to read books as books, printed on paper, between covers, rather than their screen equivalents.

    And, when working as an editor, I have noticed that I pick up errors far faster when working with a hard copy than on a screen.
     
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    sviato

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    Reading on screen also makes you less likely to fall asleep, thus it'll be easier to stay up reading.
     
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    Yeah - If you stay up late on the computer your body generally needs at least half an hour before it can wind down enough to sleep.
     

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