Reading With Technology Pros VS. Cons

As the years go by, technology advances and I tend to rely on it more. Although this isn’t my first time ever having online classes, this is the first semester I have had them all online. With having all of my classes online now like most students in the US, I have most of my class text books online as well as other books I enjoy during my free time. With all the online reading I am doing now I have noticed a few differences compared to when I had all print books. Also after reading from The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr I learned about a few ways reading with technology affects us as well. Below is a list of Pros and Cons to online reading.


Online Reading Pros

  • You can have all of your books in one place so they don’t get lost.
  • You can pretty much read them anywhere you go right off your phone.
  • Can sometimes be cheaper.
  • You don’t have to go anywhere to buy them and don’t have to wait to get it in the mail
  • They have audio book versions to listen to instead
  • You can highlight and un-highlight things without ruining the pages
  • Dog proof(if you have a dog like mine who enjoys eating print books)

E-book Examples


Online Reading Cons

  • Strains your eyes
  • Can give you headaches
  • Can shorten your attention span
  • Can be hard to concentrate if you keep getting alerts on your screen as you read


Reading on a phone or computer can be helpful in many ways and make life a little easier for some people. Although, it also can be bad for your overall health. I think it really depends on the steps you take while reading online and what your prefer reading on that makes the biggest difference.

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