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HOUSTON, Tx — So, trying to get your kids to read more? Here’s a tip for you: drop the iPad, iPhone, Kindle or whatever else you were thinking about getting them for Christmas this year.

No joke.

A study by our own University of Houston shows that students who read from a traditional newspaper retained more information than those who digested the same material from an e-reader. And it’s not just students, adults brain’s work the same way, too.


“I’m not surprised at all,” UH student Dylan Dusebout says, “I go to U of H and I buy physical textbooks and all my friends do too. I like to highlight and make notes and study and all that.”

The theory is that people who read stuff online feel it’s less necessary to remember what they’ve read because they know they can find it again with a few mouse clicks, whereas someone reading from a book or newspaper would have to search harder to find the article or chapter a second time.

“You take your time, you flip pages, you fold pages, you can feel the textures in your hand,” book lover Eric Ross notes.

So if you want to remember more of what you’re digesting, drop the fancy new computer this year and go for a library card.