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>as it turns out, our brains process digital reading very differently. Manoush Zomorodi, managing editor and host of WNYC's New Tech City, recalls a conversation with the Washington Post's Mike Rosenwald, who's researched the effects of reading on a screen. “He found, like I did, that when he sat down to read a book his brain was jumping around on the page. He was skimming and he couldn’t just settle down. He was treating a book like he was treating his Twitter feed," she says.Neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards "non-linear" reading — a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page.

>“They call it a ‘bi-literate’ brain,” Zoromodi says. “The problem is that many of us have adapted to reading online just too well. And if you don’t use the deep reading part of your brain, you lose the deep reading part of your brain.”

>So what's deep reading? It's the concentrated kind we do when we want to "immerse ourselves in a novel or read a mortgage document,” Zoromodi says. And that uses the kind of long-established linear reading you don't typically do on a computer. “Dense text that we really want to understand requires deep reading, and on the internet we don’t do that.”

>“I don’t worry that we’ll become dumb because of the Internet,” Wolf says, "but I worry we will not use our most preciously acquired deep reading processes because we’re just given too much stimulation. That’s, I think, the nub of the problem.”
To keep the deep reading part of the brain alive and kicking, Zomorodi says that researchers like Wolf recommend setting aside some time each day to deep read on paper.

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-09-18/your-paper-brain-and-your-kindle-brain-arent-same-thing
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>>2350906
i prefer owning physical copies of the books.
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>>2350907
I own tons of art books myself but I often use .pdfs out of convenience.
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>>2350910
pdfs arent bad, i just work a lot. so i like to bring my backpack with a few of them so i can read while i'm out on breaks.
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>>2350906
reading is for niggers
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>>2350932
LITERALLY THIS
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I like reading pdfs on my tablet
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>an article about someone reading an article
What is the point of that? It's like making a youtube video of yourself watching a youtube video

You don't need to go that deep into science, half the stuff mentioned in that is probably bullshit.

If you possess the tiny amount of discipline necessary to actually study from a book effectively than the different of physical and digital is meaningless.

Physical books are more convenient to work from and feel more valuable in your hands but a digital book is free and who the fuck has money to spend on a hobby nowdays
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I've read theories like in the OP before as well. There was a book called The Shallows that was kind of an interesting take on how the internet influences the way we think / read.

Personally my reason for buying physical copies is that the monetary investment incentivizes me to actually read the damn thing, when I get a PDF for free I don't care that much. I do have an easier time reading real books too.

I'm not sure if kindles are a happy medium or if they have all the flaws of other digital stuff, I know they have a different system of displaying text than a monitor does.
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>>2350906
Yes, just as real art is far better than digital.
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I find that I focus much better when reading physical paper than a PDF, even if it's the same book. I've only used PDFs of art books though, so I can't say if the learning quality is different. I feel like most art books would be much less affected than reading a novel, because they're not usually comprised of single linear bodies of text, it's already broken up by images.
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>Manoush
Doesn't that word mean some sort of a middle-eastern pizza thing?
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>>2351278
>who the fuck has money to spend on a hobby nowdays

is /ic/ just full of casuals now?
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