Why Paper Bibles Are Best via Smarter Youth Ministry

Why Paper Bibles Are Best

“Students in both groups were given identical texts to read – a fiction piece and a non-fiction piece. The only variable in play was that students in the first group read the text from an actual book, and students from the second group read from a PDF on a screen-reader (similar to a Kindle or iPad).

Afterwards, all of the students were tested on their comprehension.

THE RESULTS:
Students who were given the physical books performed significantly better on their evaluations than those who read the PDF. The disparity was equal across the fiction and non-fiction texts.”

Some really thought provoking research on the difference between the comprehension levels of teens reading on a screen and teens reading our of paper and ink.

I wonder how much of this has to do with the kinds of information they typically read on a screen, like Tweets, Facebook updates, and iFunny/Tumbler stuff. All of that is fairly low engagement and typically doesn’t require much reflection. I also wonder if you would get the same results from a group of 20/30 somethings who regularly read or write blogs.

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