If handwriting often trumps typing (and research says it’s so) …

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… then it comes as no surprise that there are perks to reading printed paper instead of plasma screens.

Want proof?

Check it out:

  • University of Norway researcher Anne Mangen determined that people retain plot elements better when they read in print than on a Kindle.
  • San Jose State University researcher Ziming Liu found that screen reading encourages browsing and scanning rather than the “deep reading” associated with printed pages.

“We need to understand the value of what we may be losing when we skim text so rapidly that we skip the precious milliseconds of deep reading processes,” contends Maryanne Wolf, Director of the Tufts University Center for Reading and Language Research. “For it is within these moments—and these processes in our brains—that we might reach our own important insights and breakthroughs. They might not happen if we’ve skipped on to the next text bite.”

With that in mind, why not put your screen to sleep now and snuggle deeply into the pages of MaryJanesFarm?