Is the printed page going to be obsolete in the future? Think of all the screens you presently read. Are screens replacing pages?
The National Literary Trust studied almost 35,000 eight- to 16-year-olds in the UK recently, and the survey results are included in the following article from the BBC News Education and Family--"Young people 'prefer to read on screen'"--by Sean Coughlan.
Does it surprise you that this is a generation of computer screen readers as opposed to readers of books and magazines? What are the positives and negatives for these young people who prefer reading a screen?
I prefer pages in regular books because I tend to read the same things over and over on screens. The main negative is when they are learning they don't always have the information on screens. Another negative is the print is sometimes too small and can cause eye problems.
Christine, I can appreciate your preference for books because they are always readily available without requiring Internet access or battery power. That can be a plus when you are in an area that does not have necessities for mobile devices or good lighting to read a screen. I wonder if the preference for pages over screens is a generation thing. I suspect young people much prefer their screens because they have been accustomed to using them from a young age. Even digitized school textbooks are replacing the hard copies.
Do you think pages will ever be obsolete?