E-Books Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again

E-Books Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again

Reading-2This fascinating post on the value of reading the “old-fashioned” way, in contrast to the damaging effects of reading e-books, was posted Jan.11, 2015 at Medical Daily. Do you wish to read and be healthy – in body and soul? Then read and follow these simple instructions.

Here is the opening paragraphs of article; for the full article, see the link above or below.

Reading in and of itself has plenty of benefits for our minds: Studies have shown that reading over the course of a lifetime (or even starting to read consistently when you’re well into your 60s and 70s) can prevent mental decline. Along with keeping your mind sharp and enlarging your knowledge base, reading can expand your sense of empathy, too. A 2013 study found that when people were transported into the emotional travails of books’ characters, they grew to become more empathetic in real life.

So the act of reading is great, of course. But the way you’re reading also has an impact on your physical and mental health. In our technology-driven world, the paper book has been replaced by electronic devices — Kindles and Nooks, and even reading on your laptop or smartphone. Good old-fashioned books are no longer seen as practical.

There’s something simple and special, however, about reading a classic paper book that e-books seem to lack. Recently, I was reading before bed while I drank a cup of chamomile tea, and I found that it not only relaxed me, but I fell asleep almost immediately, I slept soundly through the entire night, and I woke up feeling refreshed. I found myself pondering events and scenes in the book, the imagery glowing in my mind in place of my typically exhausting anxieties. I’m going to believe it wasn’t a coincidence: Putting aside my phone — which, in addition to texting, has access to the cyclical, distracting spirals of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat — and focusing on a tale that took me outside of myself, somehow, inexplicably, helped me feel better on many levels.

via E-Books Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again.

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