Guess what? Â More university ‘research’
Reading online could be making us dumber, a [Candian] University of Victoria study has found.
The study of offline and online reading behaviour found spending hours glued to a computer screen had a negative impact on cognition, concentration, comprehension, absorption and recall rates.
People were reading more text than ever, but retaining less of it.
Victoria’s School of Information Management’s Dr Val Hooper said people today almost expected to be interrupted when using their computers.
“Multitasking when reading online was common, with activities such as reading emails, checking news, exploring hyperlinks and viewing video clips providing distractions, which could have something to do with it.”
While readers were churning through more content online, they were much more likely to be skim reading and scanning than absorbing anything of substance.
“Many respondents said they had learnt to read faster and more selectively, which is positive, but also said they were more likely to remember material they had read offline. It was still common practice for many people to print out material they considered most important,” Dr Hooper said.
I love the fact that 1) research was done, and 2) the best they can come up with is that itÂ could make us dumber. Â Seriously, the trough at the Uni of Victoria must still be well filled. Â Did we actually learn anything useful? Â Read more »