With the rise of e-books and e-readers around the world, it can be unusual nowadays to see someone reading with a physical, printed book. However, casting aside the traditional does not always lead to good things. Here are some of the most important benefits of reading printed books.
A study recently found that adults across all age groups perceive ownership of e-books very differently from ownership of physical books. Younger people still prefer reading an actual printed book instead of an e-book, and this is also the case for most older people. This is because of the concept of psychological ownership, which is not actually related to legal possession or legal rights, but is more associated with perceptions of “what is mine.”
Psychological ownership is crucial in people’s perception of how they value certain items in their lives. Printed books are still considered very special products, holding a lot of meaning for many people.
A printed book is medically better for those who have eye problems or who frequently suffer from eye strain. The high levels of brightness emanating from an electronic device can result in visual fatigue, which is a condition characterized by tired, itching, burning eyes. Readers who are often exposed to the artificial light that comes from e-readers may find it more difficult to fall asleep, and eventually suffer from more adverse effects on their health.
A study also recently found that reading e-books at night negatively affect a person’s alertness the following day. Printed books, on the other hand, are still great remedies for those who are suffering from occasional insomnia or restlessness.
Print books tend to be better at conveying information. A recent study found that readers using an e-reader were less likely to remember the events in a mystery novel compared to those who read the same novel in print. Another study found that kids have a lower comprehension when they are reading from an e-reader instead of a physical book. To help improve child development, scientists recommend using a physical book for teaching children instead.