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Assignment 1B

The article, From Papers to Pixels, by Jabr had a convincing argument that reading from paper is more beneficial for comprehension, remembering the text, and for eyesight. However, after reading what Badke wrote in his book about the ease of access that getting information from online sources provide, it was difficult for me to really choose which format is better to use. I used to only be able to read from books because I love the feel of turning the page and the way the text looks on the paper. Then at some point in my life I started to get into novels that I could not get access to in book form such as foreign books written in another language. I had to rely on reading those books from my tablet because there was no other way for me at the time, also my room was filling up with books and I had nowhere to put them. After getting a while of reading on a screen I noticed that I did not miss reading from paper books anymore. I don’t mind an actual book and I still love the feeling of it, but my enjoyment of the actual story was more important than the format in the end. Having an ebook makes the novel easily accessible and more convenient to use even in the tightest spots, such as the subway trains during rush hour. I will admit that my eyes start to burn after hours of intense reading, but I just end up taking a break at that point. I conclude that although reading from a paper book is the best way to obtain information and keep your eyesight at 20/20, the accessibility of novels in this age and in this bustling city is more important.

Assignment #1B Reading Response Blog: Digital versus Print, Badke and Jabr

Badke and Jabr both write about reading and the ways that reading differs depending on format (digital vs. print) and context ( what we’re reading and why).In terms of digital text versus paper text, I can say that I use both formats frequently for different reasons though.  When it comes to very lengthy  journals, articles, or books I prefer to use paper text, as there is less strain on the eyes and it does not hurt your eye sight. Also with longer readings on a tablet or other electronic devices there is a possibility of loss of power which can cause a loss of my place in the reading.  As for shorter readings, digital text works better as the amount of time focusing on the screen is lessened.  In the article “The Reading Brain in the Digital Age:  The Science of Paper versus Screens” by Ferris Jabr published on April 11,2013, the author states  that most studies conducted before 1992 show that people read slower and paid less attention to readings done on a screen rather than on paper.  I agree with this because I often lose track of what I am reading when reading online rather than on paper. I feel like if I read something in print, I get a better understanding of the text and I can fully grasp what I am reading. If I read a digital book I might lose track of what I am reading and have to scroll up and down to read it again.

There is a high chance that you might get distracted while reading something on your kindle or Ipad. Staying long hours and staring at the screen it is not good for the eyes. If the text is shorter, then reading something on your kindle, Ipad, etc. wouldn’t be that bad.  I usually prefer print when it has to do with schoolwork, because I like to be able to take notes and highlight/underline what I’m reading.  Now, I know that that is an option on digital formats also, but I still feel more comfortable with highlighting and note-taking on paper. I like to write little notes on the side of the paper which helps me grasp the information better. If I am reading a short novel, digital text would be a good option especially when I am taking the subway and I feel like reading a novel on my Ipad, kindle, etc.

Sometimes when a person is reading a digital text, they might end up going on social media and that distracts you from what you are reading. The person didn’t grasp what they just read so they have to read the text all over again.I chose my textbook “Principles of Macroeconomics” by Gregory Mankiw. I read the beginning of the first chapter as a PDF on my phone. I found the pdf version online for free so that is why I got the digital version because the teacher said that she wasn’t going to use the book that often and it saved me money from buying the physical copy of the book. I also did not want to carry a book to school if the book was only going to be used only certain days. I caught myself getting tired of looking at the screen. I also noticed that I would accidentally scroll up and down and lose track of where I last read. Now everyone uses their kindle especially on the train. So both print and digital texts have advantages and disadvantages. In conclusion, if the text is shorter I prefer digital but if it is long then I prefer print. Everyone has their own preferences. Both print and digital books are convenient for certain things. When you have the book in your hands, you get to feel the texture of the book, while in digital you can enlarge the text and so on.

Assignment 1B

The text I choose was “Employers find soft skills like critical thinking in short supply” by the wall street journal.  This article is a digital format I found online. In this article the author Davidson talks about how companies are finding it more difficult to employ workers due to lack of personalty traits to fulfill the job requirements. Now companies are not only looking for a good reliable resume but also to see if your personality fits the job too. Companies are wasting money to pay psychologist to interview a person and determine if their personality traits fit the job. This creates a problem for companies and workers who are seeking a job. The standards for employment are increasing which can affect the job opportunities in the field. I think the digital version makes it much easier to read this article because they attach images to the article and the context of the article is informative and has data in it. For example a data example is “In a Wall Street Journal survey of nearly 900 executives last year, 92% said soft skills were equally important or more important than technical skills.” These factors influenced the way I read in a better way because I know the text is not dull and it is reliable/informative.