7 Reasons to Choose ‘Real’ Books — At Least Sometimes

Man is reading a big book

Claire Fallon at Huffington Post writes about the joys and benefits of “real,” physical books:

Twitter trolling. Interoffice email. Netflix binges. Spreadsheet drudgery.

Not everyone in the U.S. works in front of a glowing monitor, and not everyone is addicted to TV and digitized distractions. But the use of computers both at home and at work seems only to be rising.

A 2013 study suggested that American adults are rapidly expanding their online time; the average time spent on the web was just three hours and 14 minutes a day in 2010, but by 2013 it had risen nearly two full hours, to five hours and nine minutes. While time spent reading print and listening to the radio was shown to be falling slightly over these three years, TV time remained steady at around four and a half hours a day. Overall, even the non-office workers who aren’t in front of computers all day could be spending around a full work days’ worth of time in front of a screen each day.

Print — a notable loser in the survey, clocking barely 30 minutes in an average day — might be a dinosaur in the era of cheap e-readers and tablets. On the other hand, all this screen time isn’t an unalloyed good. Reading your books on paper instead of a Kindle can be a great way to disconnect and reset. Here are seven reasons to do your reading on paper whenever possible — and save your screens for when it really counts.

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