Jul 15 2015
Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens
Here’s a summary of the latest in eye-tracking studies. No real surprise:
many researchers say that reading onscreen encourages a particular style of reading called “nonlinear” reading—basically, skimming
Multi-tasking is the culprit in waning comprehension:
The researchers found that when people read short nonfiction onscreen, their understanding of the text suffered because people managed their time poorly compared with when they used paper (although paper’s advantage disappeared when people were given a fixed amount of time to read the text). Other studies have also found costs when people multi-task online in both efficiency and the quality of work they create (like a written report) based on their understanding of what they read.