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Paper means knowledge
A NUMBER OF studies have been conducted on the efficacy of learning on screen compared to paper, and it has been proven that paper is a better tool for fully assimilating information.

Researchers at Cambridge University based this conclusion on a number of factors ranging from the ease and speed of visually/spatially locating content on a printed page compared to a screen, to the distractions of reading online, and the functionality of a screen-based document compared to a printed version (e.g. note taking, document sharing).

Anne Magnan, a Norwegian researcher publishing in the Journal of Research in Reading, declared:

“The feeling of literally being in touch with the text is lost when your actions – clicking with the mouse, pointing on touch screens, or scrolling with keys or on touch pads – takes place at a distance from the digital text, which is somehow, somewhere inside the computer, the e-book or the mobile phone.

"Materiality matters... One main effect of the intangibility of the digital text is that of making us read in a shallower, less focused way.”

And, according to the experts at Cambridge, less focus speaks to a lack of full understanding and compromises long-term retention of information.
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Last modified: September 16. 2013 9:05PM
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