Tactile II

In a waiting room. Several magazines on the table. Started to read articles in detail. Hadn’t read a magazine like that for some time. All online. Same with newspapers. At time of researching and writing the dissertation, in the days before broad internet access (1989-1993), was purchasing and reading (though not thoroughly) seven or so newspapers per day. Hands stained from newsprint.

Something missing through the use of computer screen as primary information source. No sitting back, magazine in hand, to glance again at paragraphs and think about what was written, without cursor. Coming away feeling that more was being learned through reading via tactile experience, similar to when reading books in hard copy.

Turns out that this is a topic of research, with some interesting findings:

…modern screens and e-readers fail to adequately recreate certain tactile experiences of reading on paper that many people miss and, more importantly, prevent people from navigating long texts in an intuitive and satisfying way. In turn, such navigational difficulties may subtly inhibit reading comprehension. Compared with paper, screens may also drain more of our mental resources while we are reading and make it a little harder to remember what we read when we are done.

Or maybe just reluctant to fully embrace the present…

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