Northwest Missourian Opinion

In a world of constant technological advances, kindles and e-readers are common. E-books can be convenient, but they are still subpar to physical copies of books.

Nothing is better than the weight of a book in my hands. The sounds of turning pages and closing the book provide a satisfaction e-readers just can’t offer.

Seeing shelves full of books is much more fulfilling than a couple screens of book covers. Likewise, flipping freshly printed pages is so much better than tapping the right side of the

screen. That new-book smell doesn’t come with e-books.

Reading on electronic devices can negatively affect a student’s retention. According to Scientific American, most of the content is often lost because readers tend to skim when they’re given information in a digital format.

In order to retain information, people must read for long undisturbed chunks of time, according to Medical Daily.

Readers are more grounded in the material when they read it in print.

Aside from digital eye strain, reading electronically can lead to headaches or neck pain in extreme cases. According to ABC News, nearly 70 percent of adults reported having these symptoms.

While an e-reader would save space in our stuffed backpacks, learning to keep a physical book intact shows responsibility and cleanliness. Physical books are easier to damage, but taking proper care of books is a good way to practice organizational skills.

Although e-books tend to be cheaper and make it possible to read in the dark, we need to spend time reading physical books because we already spend enough time staring at screens. Whether it be emails, Canvas notifications, Buzzfeed articles or the latest Twitter fights, college students read plenty on various devices.

E-books don’t need to add to that.

Reading in the dark may seem like a great perk of e-books, but studies have shown that reading with an e-reader before bed is detrimental to one’s sleep pattern.

A study done at Harvard University found that people who read with a screen before sleeping couldn’t fall asleep as fast, didn’t sleep as deeply, and were more fatigued in the morning than those who read a physical book.

College students cherish the little sleep they get between classes, homework and other activities. In order to make it even better, pick up a book to read and escape from all the electronic distractions.

Books offer an escape from our fast-paced, distraction-filled world. Holding up a book is a universal signal for being off limits during reading time. Nobody will bother a book reader unless it’s absolutely urgent.

On the other hand, reading an e-book doesn’t always look like reading because it’s on an electronic device. The internet world can’t tell when someone is reading an e-book, so distractions pop up everywhere.

Even if it’s not on the same device one is reading from, it’s from the smartphone that is always nearby, if not in a pocket.

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