ereaders can save your eyes

Adults aged 60 and over spend more time reading hardcopy books than on a tablet or ereader

eReaders can save your eyes

New research out of Germany has found that adults aged 60 and over spend more time reading hardcopy books than they do on a tablet or ereader. Is this causing eye-strain?

Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, tracked the eye movements and brain activity of participants to their study. They found that even though the younger participants in the study showed no difference between hardcopy and digital reading, the participants aged 60 and over found electronic devices easier to read.

When surveyed before the study, traditional hardcopy books were twice as popular with older participants than the electronic devices

While the study did find that tablets and ereaders are better for your eyes than books, there are times when each medium has its own benefits.

Tablet computers, such as the iPad, are backlit which, when used around bright light, produce a lot of glare and are very hard on the eyes. In these circumstances an eReader, such as the Kindle with its EInk screen, is significantly better on your eyes and even a hardcopy book is preferable.

While EInk readers do have their upsides, one downside is the low contrast ratio which makes it difficult to read in low light situations. Of course, reading a hardcopy book would be equally bad, but a backlit tablet would work well in this situation.

The authors of the study noted that none of their results backed up the popular notion that digital reading devices are more tiring on the eyes.

Read more from The Telegraph.





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    maggierose
    13th Mar 2013
    4:10pm
    My Kindle has become a treasured "friend". However it is also a MASSIVE time user, and I find that I make my morning coffee, and sit for a quick read while drinking the coffee, then find, about 2 hours later, that I'm halfway through the book, and cannot concentrate on anything else till I finish the book. If the story is really good, I then go to the kindle store, and look for more books by that author, download samples, try them, go buy the books, and start reading one. Make a coffee, read while drinking.............and so the day ends!!!!!!!!!!
    BettyBoo
    28th Jul 2013
    10:39am
    Sounds like a perfect day to me :)
    Penqueen1949
    28th Jul 2013
    11:50am
    Maggirose you just described me on Facebook with the many photography, science related, wood work, scroll sawing patterns, storm chasing/weather, feel good, pets, animals and angels in heaven pages that show in my news feed because I have 'liked' them. :-)
    Penqueen1949
    28th Jul 2013
    11:51am
    Maggirose you just described me on Facebook with the many photography, science related, wood work, scroll sawing patterns, storm chasing/weather, feel good, pets, animals and angels in heaven pages that show in my news feed because I have 'liked' them. :-)


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