Class Blog: March 31st

What do people say about digital reading?

• “I now have totally lost the ability to read and absorb a longish article on the web or in print ”
• People in general, and young people in particular, are doing more screen reading of digital materials than ever before.
• The decreased reading of print books and of literary genres (novel, plays, and poems)
• Reading skills (such as the ability to identify themes, draw inferences, etc.) are declining too.
• Digital devices prevent people from e ciently navigating long texts, which may subtly inhibit reading comprehension.

What’s the differences between paper reading and digital reading:

Reading on Papers Digital Reading
The brain regards letters and words as physical objects, and perceive a text in its entirety as a kind of physical landscape. Papers provide brains with such sense of location and landscapes. Screens may inhibit comprehension by preventing people from intuitively navigating and mentally mapping long texts.  (locate)
Paper is easier to read for eyes. Screen results in higher levels of stress and tiredness.(displace)
Reading on papers results in more efforts made from readers, which brings higher concentration and memory of the content. When reading on screens, individuals seem less inclined to engage in metacognitive learning regulation setting specific goals, rereading difficult sections and checking how much one has understood along the way.(efforts)
More long-term memory; less working memory. More working memory; less long-term memory.
Our brain is more  familiar with literary reading. Hyper reading tends to affect brain’s structure, making it harder to concentrate: a media-induced state of distraction.
  1. Normally collect facts
  2. more trust on the content provided
  3. More one-direction conversation
Reading online requires several practices:

  1. identify important questions
  2. Locate information
  3. Critically evaluate information
  4. Synthesis information
  5. Communicate information

What should we do?
• Understand the differences between reading on paper and reading on screens, and know how to cope with them differently.
• Combine close reading, hyperreading and machine reading.
• We have to teach our minds how to translate the symbolic characters we see into the language we understand.



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