Numerous studies have been conducted to understand the effects of reading, and it has been proven that just six minutes of reading a good book would reduce a person’s stress levels by 68%. Here is another surprising result of yet another study -elderly people who do regular reading are likely to have lesser chances of having Alzheimer’s when compared to their peers; about 2.5 times less likely to contract the disease.
The debate between which is better – reading paperbacks or e-books is always on, without either side winning. People who vote for electronic reading are of the opinion that e-books are practical, easy to carry and store. People who are loyal to book reading in the traditional way are quite vehement when they argue that the “feel and smell” of books are something they cannot give up.
Science has discovered certain positive impacts of reading real books
Though scientists argue that even though the human brain was not designed for book reading, it has adjusted and adapted to this habit over the years. The brain has evolved to make a visual representation of what it is reading and assimilating and this has helped in comprehension. A study conducted in 2014 revealed that readers of a short mystery novel on Kindle actually had trouble in remembering the order of events when compared to people who read the same on a paperback. This proves that reading a book on Kindle or in any electronic format does not provide the same mental construction format that one can enjoy through a real book.
Book reading develops another skill that may not be possible with electronic reading. Reading a paperback would help one understand long sentences better. When the same is read on an electronic format, the brain tends to go about in a linear fashion, sometimes skimming through parts of a text.
Take a break from electronic reading and try the paperback. It would help improve one’s concentration, get better sleep and go about activities in a focused manner.