In the digital age, it’s almost too easy to access anything you want right away through your digital devices – including books. With the increased popularity of ebooks, it’s worth considering some of the drawbacks of ebooks and some of the overlooked benefits of physical books.
They’re Easier on Your Eyes
The blue light from screens can be harmful to your eyes; studies have shown that light can actually strain the eyes. Staring at a screen for too long can cause blurriness, redness, dryness, and irritation. Luckily with printed books, this is not something to worry about.
You’ll Retain More Information
A 2014 study found that readers who use print books absorb more information than those who read digitally on e-readers. Holding a physical book in your hands helps you stay focused, which allows you to retain more information. Scientists also attribute the better absorption to the tactile experience of holding the book, as well as the fact that readers could see their progression easier in a physical book. Similarly, another study found that those who read physical books showed more empathy to the characters in the story compared to those who read the same story on an e-reader.
You’ll Be Less Likely to Get Distracted
Whether you’re reading on an iPhone, Kindle, or some other device, digital e-readers typically mean you have the internet at your fingertips. It can be tempting to drift from the book you’re reading and get lost down a rabbit hole of surfing the web. Having a physical book prevents you from quickly jumping to a new page or responding to a notification, meaning you’ll be less likely to get distracted.
Physical Books Improve Your Sleep Habits
Routine research has shown that the blue light from screens and devices can hinder our ability to fall asleep at night. The blue light can alter your melatonin levels and circadian cycles which means you’ll have more difficulty falling asleep and are less likely to enjoy a good night’s rest. Instead of reading an ebook, opt for a physical copy that is gentler on your eyes and sleep schedule.
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