The one reason you need to keep reading real books 103



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Everything in this world is changing and one thing that has made a dramatic change is books. We now read using E-Books and iPads which is seriously convenient and cheap however yesterday while driving home I heard on the radio that there is one big reason we need to keep reading the humble paperback novel or too.

According to the family radio station, the Washington Post had recently written about the scientific reason we need to keep reading real stories on paper. They said that the way we use computers has trained our eyes to look at a page and pick out keywords. Our brain then assesses these to draw a conclusion.

This means that many people are losing the ability and patience to linear read, a skill that is incredibly important to our brain health. While reading technology does keep our brain busy, it doesn’t retain the information we read making it an ineffective measure for learning and true exercise of the brain.

But there are other benefits to reading too. According to MIC, just six minutes of reading a real book is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer’s than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.

So this weekend, go to your bookshelf and pull out a favourite novel that you haven’t read in a while. Sit down with a big cup of tea and get reading!

Tell us, do you still read real books? 


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  1. Nothing better than a traditional book the feel, the smell, the actual turning of the pages, while ebooks have their place I actually find that reading them for a long period of time gives me eye strain and this reduces my ability to imagine the scenes that a hard copy provides (almost a cinema in my head) but maybe I’m just old fashioned.

  2. I read 4 or 5 books a week.I have been a prolific reader since i was a young child.I would be lost without a book in my hand.Not very interested in TV,other than the news.

  3. I agree with you Peter Graham. I find it very handy to take my Kindle away but nothing beats reading abook

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    • I usually find you can charge it along with phone but if I knew I couldn’t I would take some books . My family find it hard to understand why I still like browsing in book shops!

  4. Like many others I have read 100s of books over the years. As a child I was encouraged to read and books as a source of entertainment and for education were always on hand. I still read books although not as many as before. I still browse bookshops and encourage my grandchildren to make the world of books part of their lives.
    It is a strange thing but when I read from a book I find that the story/information is retained much easier in my mind than if I read from a screen.

  5. I use Kindle on my iPad a lot. I buy the quite cheap compilations of authors in my favourite genre. If I like one of the authors I can then buy their other books with great ease. However I do find it difficult to read for the length of same length of time I would read a real book. I still prefer the real thing but don’t often buy them now.

  6. Will always love my real books . Go in to a school to read to Preppies and they love reading real books. Hope they never go.

  7. I agree with you about the eye strain Peter Graham, so I now limit my Kindle use to only going on holiday with me, for sheer convenience.

  8. I still prefer real books. You cannot physically turn the page over with a computer or kindle

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