New research finds that children who have access to a range of e-reading devices are less likely to read. The study was published in the journal “Computers and Educations”and was conducted by Margaret Merga of Murdoch University. The study found that children who read daily and had access to e-reading devices, such as ipads, digital phones, and computers, preferred paper books. Reasons suggested for this preference are paper books having more attractive covers, the tactile feel of books, and less opportunity for interruptions.
- Adults may be hooked on their Kindle and reading apps, but children are less likely to be impressed.
- A study by Margaret Merga suggests children prefer old-fashioned paper books.
- The findings fly in the face of assumptions that modern children always prefer screen, or device, learning.
“In a win for old-fashioned paper books, new research has found children with access to a range of e-reading devices are less likely to read.”