People switch activities every three to ten minutes when working with digital information

16/05/2013

'It is just not possible to engage in deep thought about a topic when we are switching so rapidly: (A. Liu, et al., 2009). While the Internet is a text saturated world, reading online screens tends to be significantly different from reading printed text. This review essay examines literature from a variety of disciplines on the technological, social, behavioural, and neuroscientific impacts that the Internet is having on the practice of reading. A particular focus is given to the reading behaviour of emerging university students, especially within Canada and the United States. A brief overview is provided of the recent transformation of academic libraries into providers of online digital text in addition to printed books and other materials, before looking at research on college students' preferences for print and digital text, and the cognitive neuroscience of reading on screen.