“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.
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.