Aside from the Harvard study that details how the light from electronic screens can cause everything from insomnia to diabetes, depression, and heart problems, there this:

The debate over e-books versus print has crackled along like a holiday fire. Scientific American weighed in last month with a piece called “Why the Brain Prefers Paper.”

Author Ferris Jabr, an associate editor at the magazine, reports pretty straightforwardly that people understand and remember text on paper better than on a screen. And that includes “digital natives,” those who have grown up in a wired world.

A key reason for this is that when we read a text, particularly a long one, we make our way through it in a way not unlike the way in which we navigate through a landscape. “Much as we might recall that we passed the red farmhouse near the start of a hiking trail before we started climbing uphill through the forest, we remember that we read about Mr. Darcy rebuffing Elizabeth Bennett at a dance on the bottom left corner of the left-hand page in one of the earlier chapters of Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ” Mr. Jabr writes.

Moreover, paper seems to be better for a certain kind of in-depth engagement with a text, involving rereading, setting goals for a study session, and so on: metacognitive learning regulation, to use the term of art. Even young children at story time seem to grasp more of a tale read to them from a paper book than one from an e-reader.

I’m just sayin’…

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