The CITE, a blog published by the National Association of College Stores, takes a look at the intersection of education and technology, highlighting issues that range from course materials to learning delivery to the student experience. Comments, discussion, feedback, and ideas are welcome.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Health Concerns and E-Books

American University professor Naomi Baron noted in her book Words On Screen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World, that 92% of college students prefer print textbooks over e-books. That may be a good thing, as a Seton Hall University researcher has discovered potential health issues associated with reading e-books.

Diane Lynch, assistant director of health services at Seton Hall, claims students could be susceptible to eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes related to computer vision syndrome. There is also a risk for carpal tunnel syndrome for students using mobile devices and tablets.

Lynch told The Setonian that there is evidence the brain doesn’t process as well, store, and retain information read in a digital format. There’s also the issue of distractions attached to reading on a computer or tablet.

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