5 Reasons Why Actual Books Are Still Better than e-Readers

Technology has made its impact on every aspect of our lives, and reading is not an exception. With e-readers, tablets and kindles becoming more and more integrated in readers’ lifestyle, research suggests the choice of going paperless is not as unique as its old-fashioned alternative.

The debate between paper books and e-books has, at least since the birth of kindles in 2007, been at the center of the reading experience. Some have adapted to the new digital means of reading while others prefer the feel of paper pages in their hands. But here are five science-backed reasons why paper books are better for you.

1- Modern screens not only "fail to adequately recreate certain tactile experiences of reading on paper that many people miss," but are also not as efficient as paper books in reducing levels of stress, according to a study published on Scientific American.

2- Reading in print helps with comprehension more. A study in 2014 showed that screens may drain mental resources while we are reading and make it a little harder to remember what we read. A survey conducted by Naomi Baron, executive director for American University's Center for Teaching, Research and Learning, showed that "between 92 and 94 percent of students said they concentrated best when reading print," according to Mic.

3- Reading an old-fashioned novel is linked to improving your sleep cycles. Rather, research shows that staring at a screen for a long time causes anxiety at night.

4- A lot of people read texts on screens with a mood less conducive to learning than the one they have when reading from paper, especially older generations.

5- Paper books don’t need to be charged.

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Edy Semaan

Journalism Major at Lebanese University, Beirut Journalist at The Daily Star Lebanon, former US Department of State Scholar, former News Editor at The Equinox. "Writing is the deepest possible reflection of who I am. I write to share my thoughts or ideas and to advance my journey to self-discovery. In other words, I write to live."