Why we remember more by reading – especially print – than from audio or video

When mental focus and reflection are called for, it’s time to crack open a book. Noam Galai/Getty ImagesDuring the pandemic, many college professors abandoned assignments from printed textbooks and turned instead to digital texts or multimedia coursework.

As a professor of linguistics, I have been studying how electronic communication compares to traditional print when it comes to learning. Is comprehension the same whether a person reads a text onscreen or on paper? And are listening and viewing content as effective as reading the written word when covering the same material?

The answers to both questions are often “no,” as I discuss in my book “How We Read Now,” released in March 2021. The reasons relate to a variety of factors, including diminished concentration, an entertainment mindset and a tendency to multitask while consuming digital content.

Print versus digital reading

When reading texts of several hundred words or more, learning is generally more


Original URL: https://theconversation.com/why-we-remember-more-by-reading-especially-print-than-from-audio-or-video-159522

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