A quick read isn’t a good read

Hi Gloria,

I’m a pediatric occupational therapist and sensory specialist with expertise on the impact of technology on child health and academic performance, and would like to comment on your request for information regarding book vs. screen reading.

Studies have shown that when children read screens, they “skim” the information, resulting in much lower comprehension and retention scores compared to book reading. Technology is all about speed, and for actual learning to take place, children need to slow down to fully grasp concepts. Book reading utilizes the frontal lobes of the brain, necessary for impulse control and making sense of information. Screen reading “short circuits” frontal lobes, using faster and more efficient neural pathways, but at the cost of comprehension and retention.

Children are hard wiring their brains for high speed, at a great cost to literacy and learning.

Have you ever rented an old movie, and notice how slow the plot progresses? TV, movies, internet and video games now operate at a much faster pace than the brain can assimilate. While this is great for adrenalin and endorphin rushes, this chronic stressed state is overwhelming our children, and gravely affecting their ability to pay attention and learn.

Let me know if you’d like additional information or elaboration. I’ve attached a fact sheet and bio.

Have a GREAT day!


Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT, Approved Provider AOTA
CEO Zone’in Programs Inc.
6840 Seaview Rd.
Sechelt, BC V0N3A4
604-885-0986 office, 604-885-0389 fax, 604-740-2264 cell
email crowan@zonein.ca
website www.zonein.ca