SOURCE: Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Reading Habits Survey
With the rise of technology, the cultural shift from print to electronic media was inevitable. Along with it, comes a more debatable topic on whether the former is better than the latter.
An interview with a couple of teenagers and young adults revealed some astonishing insights.
Q: Why are young people—who are accustomed to doing most things on screens—resistant to e-books?
Adam Iacono: I think distraction is the biggest factor on the being resistant to ebooks. A lot of times our mind get pulled away on many other things, that ultimately stops us from paying attention to what we were reading.
Nick Elegant: For me, it has always been with the problem of eye strain and headaches and physical discomfort.
Q: Do students feel like they’re learning more when they actually read books in print, but do we know whether they actually retain more?
Nishanth Mudkey: I think it doesn’t matter, as long as they read with genuine interest. But yes there is a sense of accomplishment when I finish a book and I want to see it on the shelf.
Q: Do e-books make reading a more social, less personal experience?
Vanessa Lee: If you’re annotating on a Kindle, on a Kobo, you see—you know how many people thought that word was really important, or maybe everybody else liked this passage. If we sat and thought about it, what we think the author has to say. … Rather, we’re just trying to present ourselves or fit in.
Q: Why do students buy e-books ?
Mathew Williams: Price. I’d like to have the print version, but the electronic version is so much less expensive.
Niloufar Lajevardi: One of the reasons I think could be to save the environment. The idea of making a difference in the world by condemning the use of paper through reading electronic media can be seen as doing a noble work.
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