A new study was just released earlier today that shows e-readers and tablets are detrimental to children’s reading habits. Out of all the children that have e-readers and tablets, fewer than half actually use the devices to read. What’s even more shocking is that the children who did use the electronic gadgets to read only engaged in reading for five minutes per day-far below the minimum recommendations for optimal brain development.
The research supports earlier studies that show electronic gadgets
are inferior for reading as it pertains to comprehension and learning.
Children also read slower when staring at screens than they do when
reading a paper book, and they retain much less information from screens
than they do from paper.
When children read with printed books on paper, they read an average
of a half an hour at a time. Compared with five minutes on an E-reader,
30 minutes is far superior, and that amount of time creates an
environment for enhanced learning. Children remember the information
better shortly after reading, and they are also able to retain the
information they learned longer.
The new study released today suggests that e-readers and tablets are
highly detrimental to children’s reading habits, but parents are not
likely to pay much attention. Studies have shown that parents let their
children use screens for up to seven hours a day. This is far over the
maximum two hours per day total screen time recommended for children
ages 2 and over. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends zero
hours of screen time for children under age 2.