Our family has been reading Andy Crouch’s The Tech-Wise
Family (Baker, 2017) in family devotions. Just finished an interesting
section where he talks about the advantages of reading a physical book rather
than reading from a screen.
Citing Abigail Sellen’s The Myth of the Paperless Office,
Crouch notes, “the physical act of reading a book with its bounded pages, helps
strengthen the learning of the concepts inside. (If you are reading this book in
physical form, you may well remember, hours or days from now, where on the page
and how far into the book this very sentence was found—a physical memory of
your senses from eyes and hands that will reinforce the ideas you absorbed at
the same time. This experience will be missing if you read it on a digital
screen, with no fixed location on a page, no weight of the two halves of the
book in your hands, and the idea itself will be harder to remember)” (125-126).
“Likewise, physically taking notes with a pen or pencil on
paper—the act of forming physical letters by hand, with the twists and turns of
the letter forms and the accumulating fatigue and need for rest—turns out to
aid memorization and learning, even if we never consult the notes again”
I think I’ll share this quote with my students.
And yeah, I get the irony of the fact that I’m posting this
in digital form.