Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Books Vs. Screen

With the proliferation of I-pads, e-readers, smart phones etc., do you ever wonder what the effects are of all this electronic reading? Reading for only brief times, with frequent distractions on electronic devices is very different from the immersive kind of reading that we engage in with a book. Is it possible our brains will lose the ability to become deeply involved with the content of written material and that we will eventually fail to ponder deeply?

As adults, we probably are not completely distanced from that kind of engaged thinking that we did as students. But what about our children? Will their brains ever develop the ability to concentrate for long periods of time and to solve complex problems that academia and everyday life may pose?

There was an interesting article on this topic in the Globe and Mail the other day. You can read it here.