60 out of 66 students preferred paper to computer when studying

Submitted by: Phil Riebel 06/05/2014

Is paper superior to screen for learning, writing and comprehension? The International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning recently examined this question in a study completed at the Children's Digital Media Center@LA. In a series of two studies, they asked a several questions: 1. First, what do students say they prefer -- paper or computer? 2. Second, do they perform better in terms of reading comprehension on paper versus screen? 3. And three, would reading articles in either medium improve the quality and efficiency for a task to write an essay which required critical thinking? Funnily enough, millenials overwhelmingly told us they prefer paper. 60 out of 66 students preferred paper to computer when studying. They thought that this generation of students may have adapted to this new technology, but nearly everyone expressed a preference for paper, usually telling us they felt they performed better when reading on paper rather than a screen.


Source: Learning from Paper: Learning from Screens/ Impact of Screen Reading and Multitasking Conditions on Reading and Writing among College Students: International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning, 3(4), 1-27, October-December 2013