Reading Books Instead of Kindles Can Improve Your Memory, Concentration and Beauty

Old-school books have attracted a lot of detractors in recent years. Environmentalists have decried them as “dead tree” mediums, while average readers often complain that they can be heavy, bulky and don’t travel well. Some have argued that it’s time to retire 15th century technology and embrace Kindles and other electronic reading devices.

Science, however, offers another view. According to numerous studies and expert opinions, reading physical books can improve memory, concentration and can even make you more physically attractive.

Memory: According to at least a studyconducted by researchers at the University of Stavanger in Norway, people who read real books remember what they read significantly better than people who read books on a Kindle and other e-readers.

“The haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for the mental reconstruction of a story as a printed paperback book does,” said lead researcher Anne Mangen. concluded.

Part of the reason also has to do with the unique interaction required to read a real book. Mangen further speculated that “the fixity of text on paper and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story is a kind of sensory dump, supporting the visual sense of progress when you read”.

Additional studies indicate that not being able to flip between pages or take notes easily further erodes the ability to store information in the brain’s long-term memory.

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Concentration: Others have argued Electronic reading has reduced our ability to understand and focus on the text in front of us. The hypothesis was supported by a survey conducted by Naomi Baron, author of Words on Screen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World and executive Director for the American University Center for Teaching, Research and Learning. The baron said microphone, after speaking with 400 students aged 18 to 26 in the United States, Germany, Japan, India and Slovakia, the results were clear.

“If you ask students in this age group, where do you concentrate best, on what type of medium…depending on the country, between 92 and 94% of students said, ‘I concentrate better when I read some printouts”, ” Baron said. Baron also said that roughly the same percentage would prefer to use real books if price wasn’t a factor.

Baron said the problem when reading with so many potential distractions could be summed up with an analogy: “If I put a bowl of crisps in front of you and say ‘I’ll be back in an hour, don’t spoil your appetite , ‘How many crisps are left?’

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Reading is sexy and makes you a more empathetic person. Like anyone who has seen the famous Reading hot guys The Instagram account will know, there are few things as sexy as reading an old-fashioned book. A casual scroll through its entries barely reveals a Kindle in sight. For more proof, looking through Craigslist’s Missed Connections reveal a number of examples of the passion reading real books can inspire.


Meanwhile, other studies have shown that people who read physical books were more empatheticand those who read an unpleasant story on an iPad were less moved than those who read it on an old-fashioned paper book.

So don’t burn the books just yet. The good news is that despite the alluring convenience and cost of e-reading devices, books have held on. Since peaking in 2012, e-reader sales have fallen sharply. In 2014, publishers Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster lost 8.8% of their total profits, largely due to disappointing readership sales. Sales of the Barnes and Noble’s Nook Reader also fell in the same year.

“It’s a more personal connection when I read a book about electronics,” said Angela Groth, director of the Ardsley, New York Public Library. Microphoneadding grim predictions of closed libraries were completely off the mark. “Physical books are more popular than e-books.

“From what I’ve seen and experienced, they’re still chasing the books.”

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