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4 Reasons Why I Prefer Reading Print

Updated on June 18, 2017
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It is often seen as a fault to use paper. "Save the trees, go paperless," they say. However, I have tried, but I could not go paperless. Let me share some reasons why I prefer reading hard copies.

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1. My Eyes Feel Better

For me, screens = "eye aches". The more I look at screens, the more my eyes hurt and feel strained. For this reason, I try to limit my screen time.

I prefer to use a laptop during the writing and editing stages of my work. The former because it enables a quicker pace (I type faster than I write on paper) and more efficient storage; the latter because of the Comment function of Word. In these phases, my eyes are put to the "screen" test.

I try to do the reading phase differently. I often print-out the relevant pages of my reading material on used paper and read away. This way, my eyes get rest.

2. I Focus on One Thing

The biggest benefit of having a book in my hand during reading time is exactly that: I read one book. Distractions already abound when reading, particularly when you work at home: the neighbors' chatter, beeping car horns, sounds on the TV, phone notifications. I do not need additional clutter.

With digital readers, I am tempted to switch from one book to another. "I need to read this, but I have not finished this yet." My digital library is full of materials that I like and need - it is natural to want to read them all.

In this regard, nothing beats a one-on-one with a printed reading material. Like an attentive date, I appreciate the quality time there for just the two of us.

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3. I Understand the Material Better

The biggest concern I had towards reading printed materials was recording and remembering what I read. I read with purpose: I want to use the information I learn for future research and writing.

Evernote was (and still is) my bestfriend. It helped me keep track of the ideas I gather. After reading, however, my notes failed me. I often took notes verbatim, so I had to read through my notes to understand the concepts and ideas.

When I started to read printed material, a psychological shift happened. Because of the absence of the temptation towards internet surfing, I was able to implement a simple process in understanding materials better: simple dump note-taking.

With a dump notebook, I have a ready vessel for my notes, comments, questions, and short analyses; my mind is also not being cluttered by taskbar icons of Chrome. Because of the choice to read on print, I am able to think beyond the reading material.

4. I Feel Like I Look Better Reading Print

A sage reads from books. Famous people have full bookshelves in their photos. I feel smarter reading from printed material.

I am a fanatic of trying the routines of successful people and books make me feel like one of the historic greats. I feel like a student of the Renaissance!

For me, gadgets subtract professional points. Scrolling Twitter and reading e-books are done with the same thumb movement, so people will not really know which activity you are doing.

With a book or printed material on my hand, I feel like Plato walking around Greece.

The School of Athens by Raphael
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I reaped the benefits of reading print.

Reading print produced physical, mental, and psychological benefits for me. Through reading print, I am able to protect my eyes, maintain my focus, increase my reading comprehension, and make myself feel smarter. Changing a habit can affect your life too.

Tell me about your reading habits! And, recommend books from your reading list.

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      Poppy 

      17 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Nice article. Many people do prefer reading paperbacks because of the nostalgia, the feel and smell of a paper book, and some of the reasons you listed.

      I'd suggest adding a conclusion to your article to wrap up your points, and maybe one or two additional relevant images to seperate the big walls of text. Very nice job, though, and a warm welcome to HubPages!

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