Everything Science Knows About Reading On Screens: More proof that reading on the screen is not the same as reading on paper.
But this style of reading may come at a cost—Liu noted in his study that sustained attention seems to decline when people read onscreen rather than on paper, and that people also spend less time on in-depth reading. “In digital, we can link in different media, images, sound, and other text, and people can get overwhelmed,”There’s even a slight difference between reading on paper and reading on a Kindle.
[…] The researchers found that when people read short nonfiction onscreen, their understanding of the text suffered because people managed their time poorly compared with when they used paper.
Mangen explains that the tactile feedback of paper may help people process certain information when they read, and this may be lost when we move to digital texts.