Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.


Young people still prefer reading printed books more than digital materials

This article by Michael S. Rosenwald appeared on The Washington Post website on February 22, 2015.

Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning.  “These are people who aren’t supposed to remember what it’s like to even smell books,” said Naomi S. Baron, an American University linguist who studies digital communication. “It’s quite astounding.”  Baron published “Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World,” a book that examines university students’ preferences for print and explains the science of why paper versions are often superior to digital.

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