Get away from that screen: Reasons to read on paper this semester

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Here we are, enduring another semester in which everything is online. It’s tempting, then, to also do all of your school reading and getting all of your entertainment through that same screen. Yet, there are so many benefits to reading physical books, whether it’s for class or for fun. Here are some of the reasons you should do some reading on paper this semester.

It gets you away from the screen

A benefit of reading something on paper, be it a textbook or a novel, is that it isn’t on your computer. It gives you a chance to get away from the desk or dining room table and spend time somewhere else. You can sit in a comfortable chair or take it outside to read in the sun. In addition, it’s a chance to give your eyes a break from the computer. That way, when it’s time to log onto Zoom again, your eyes won’t feel tired or sore. 

You can have readings beside you in class

When a professor shares their screen on Zoom, it often takes up most, if not all, of your screen. That can make it difficult to look up something in the text as the professor discusses the readings. Having it on paper instead means you won’t have this problem. You can follow along in the text as the professor describes it without having to minimize their presentation. This habit might allow you to gain a better understanding of what the professor is even talking about.

You have plenty of options to read for fun

Reading a physical book doesn’t have to be limited to academics. It’s also a way you can spend your free time. There are likely many novels out there that you could get lost in. There are so many options out there, in fact, that no matter how niche your tastes are, chances are there is a book for you. There is no reason not to look for something you’d like and pick it up.

Reading from paper is relaxing

There is something rather relaxing about reading a physical book. Just the physicality of turning the page and being able to see how far you’ve read can put you at ease. It’s also an excuse to huddle under some blankets with a warm drink. Any activity that pairs well with a warm beverage is automatically relaxing.

So go buy those physical textbooks or maybe just a paperback for yourself. Whatever you decide to read this semester, you should try to read it on paper.

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