There’s no question that people are reading more on tablets, laptops, and desktops than traditional paper. Do our brains process information differently depending on the method of transmitting the information? According to this article by T.J. Raphael, the answer is yes.
Neuroscience, in fact, has revealed that humans use different parts of the brain when reading from a piece of paper or from a screen. So the more you read on screens, the more your mind shifts towards “non-linear” reading — a practice that involves things like skimming a screen or having your eyes dart around a web page.
There’s nothing wrong with non-linear reading, but it means that we’re not using the deep reading parts of our brain.
What do you think? When you read on a screen, do you tend to skim, or do you think deeply?