The Answer Sheet: screen vs. print


Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 09/29/2009

CHECKING IT OUT, Part 2--Teens Talk About Screen vs. Print

The Answer Sheet asked some teenagers to explain whether they prefer to read on screen or in print, if they can detect a difference in the way they read, and if they think they can do without reading anything on paper. Given the ease with which young people use screens, some of these answers surprised The Sheet.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:40 AM ET, 09/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/29/2009

CHECKING IT OUT, Part I: Reading on Paper or Screen--Which Is Better?

A reader of The Answer Sheet asked whether there is research that shows the superiority of reading text on line or in print. It is a good question to ask today. More and more school textbooks are being put on line, the Kindle and other electronic reading devices are gaining in popularity and many young people say they prefer reading on a screen. The good news is that there is research on the subject. The bad news is that it is not definitive--and, in fact, is contradictory.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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