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The Effects of Digital Technology on Reading. E-book or a book with the smell of printing ink?
As some researchers show, digital reading has some positive effects too, especially when it is a secondary source of information, the main one being the reading in printed format of essential works for knowledge on the subject of interest. If reading in the classic, printed format is a tranquil and “at leisure” one that you can pause at any time to reflect on the reading, the digital browsing of texts or hypertext is rapid, definitive, against the clock, the speed sometimes being imposed by the scrolling of information, by the program or the application. Digital reading is a superficial reading and affects deep reflection, critical analysis, deductive thinking, creativity and the ability to intuitively solve existential problems. True reading is a “plurisensory” experience that addresses the brain and the heart, while the sight of the text, the touch of the page, the smell of printing ink, the calligraphy of the letters, even the empty spaces on the page, all contribute to the efficiency of reading and learning. A discerning attitude is needed, which Christian spirituality recommends for all the realities in the midst of which we spend our lives. And regarding the ethical aspects related to our relationship with technology, specialists emphasize our need for a direct, immediate relationship with the world of books. Reading can be a source of soul well-being and happiness.