Is reading better on screen or off screen?
In today’s digital era, it has become inevitable to avoid screens. From laptops to cell phones to TVs, you cannot get rid of this curse. One might ask why is it a curse? To answer that, let’s have a look at some facts. According to the researchers, more than 20% of the world’s population suffers from eye strain as a result of looking at screens for an extended period of time. If you are staring at a screen for more than 2 hours a day, you are likely to develop symptoms of eye strain. But the fact is, in today’s world if you need to find information quick, you must expose yourself to screens. One such application is reading.
Today, we have access to millions of books online and we can simply download them and read especially fiction or theory. However, this leads us to another dilemma, is reading better on screen or is it better the conventional way using a book etc.? Personally, I do not find reading on screen very helpful. It does not feel the same as retrieving information from physical resources. Sometimes I have to read it again to find the meaning of the text since my mind has been programmed to use a physical resource for reading. Using a digital device to read reduces my mental stamina to absorb information and I feel drained very quickly as compared to reading from a tangible resource, which I can do for hours. Since everything has a price, the availability of unlimited resources at the tap of a button is admirable irrespective of the health hazards.
Off screen, we have to compromise for a lot of things such as limited space, huge cost of financing tangible resources, utility costs and the list goes on and on. Moreover, you have to take out time to find the relevant resource and if you are lucky enough to find it, chances are you will not find the exact thing you are looking for. This is where on screen resources jump in. Whether you’re looking for how to make a good cup of tea or the height of the tallest man on earth, you can find it at the comfort of your home and simply read! Now it is up to you to decide whether reading on screen is better or reading off screen is better for you.