Many teachers have incorporated elements of technology into their teaching style,
including e-books. These technological texts may seem like a boon, being easily portable and less strenuous on students’ bags, but there are far more downsides to E-books than what meets the eye.
Print books have been around for ages, so long that they have a ‘homely’ feel to them;
something that students don’t get from e-books. Moreover, the feeling and experience of
walking into a vintage bookstore is priceless. In bookstores, one can also skim through books under related genres. Just holding the book and flipping through the pages gives a much more memorable literary experience. E-books are just bought online.
According to huffingtonpost.com, USA Today shared a 2013 study showing that students
retain less when reading on a screen. The study’s creator blamed this on the “flash gimmicks”embedded in many e-books. She also suspects being able to collectively turn to the same page enhances group discussion.
Another significant problem with e-books is that of distraction. With their devices right
in front of them, students are bound to be sidetracked from the task at hand in order to answer a text message or check social media.
In addition, most high schoolers spend a lot of time on their phone as is. With the
addition of online homework, screen time is increased even more. According to
medicaldaily.com, e-books emit light which strains eyes. They also get in the way of sleep by lessening the hormone melatonin, which aids in sleep. Old fashioned books can
actually help students sleep better by clearing the mind and relieving stress.
By decreasing the use of electronic devices in schools, a clear difference will be seen in
students’ concentration and performance. A little time away from screens never hurt anyone.