Children prefer reading on paper, more technology means less reading.

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This new study that I found via Casper Hulshof examined how the access to eReaders, computers and mobile phones influenced the children’s book reading frequency.

In short:

  • Children underutilised devices for recreational book reading, even when daily book readers, which means that children prefer paper over screens for reading.
  • Reading frequency was less when children had access to mobile phones.
  • Reading in general was less when children were given access to more digital devices.

Abstract of the study:

Regular recreational book reading is a practice that confers substantial educative benefit. However, not all book types may be equally beneficial, with paper book reading more strongly associated with literacy benefit than screen-based reading at this stage, and a paucity of research in this area. While children in developed countries are gaining ever-increasing levels of access to devices at home, relatively little is known about the influence of access to devices…

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