(5 Feb 2024) As PhychologyToday reported, social media, a prominent source of short-form content, inhibits attention spans and often dilutes language, favoring informal, conversational styles. This style of writing, seen in scrolling blurbs, offers less exposure to rich vocabulary and complex concepts, making lengthy books more challenging for such people.
Research indicates that comprehension is six to eight times better with physical books than with e-readers. Despite claims of faster reading on devices, distractions such as social media scrolling, advertisements, and email notifications hinder memory retention. Physical books provide an immersive experience, enhancing content absorption and recall.
The tactile experience of holding a book, turning pages, and highlighting passages is integral to memory formation. Researchers note that turning pages creates a mental “index,” linking visual information to specific pages and aiding in better information retention.
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