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Difference Between Reading to Kids and Using Devices?

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When you’re a child, the world around you represents a big mystery that demands thorough exploration.

Not a lot changes as we grow up, mainly because cars now run on batteries and cryptocurrencies are a thing!). For a child, learning new things is a particularly sensitive process.

Now, without a doubt, the essential skill that a child should master early on in its development is reading, as the ability to decipher how human language works in its written form will set the right stage for any further learning!

As a parent, you’ll want to introduce your kids to the world of literature as soon as possible, and the best way to do this is to simply- read to them!

Now, in this day and age, this poses a question: Should I flip open a book or turn on an e-reader?  Well, to answer that, we should point out that there is a slight difference between the two approaches. Here’s the deal:



A study on the matter of e-reading says that we approach the material we read differently depending on how we read it. (That is, whether we read from a book or a screen.) The same goes for kids.

Overall, readers tend to forget more details about the story when using a device to read it. This is why a good ole book might be a better option for reading to your kids, as screens, in general, seem to be fairly disruptive and hamper your ability to get immersed in the plot.


Books vs. Technology

While pitching the two against each other isn’t advisable, as you don’t want to alienate your child from either, opting for an old-fashioned book made of papers over an e-reader can be a great way to improve your child’s attention span and listening skills!

Nowadays, we let our kids play games on the various devices we own, so if your child suspects that the device you’re reading off of may have some games on it, it may abandon the idea of listening to your narration and start rather liking the thought of beating its latest record.

No matter how eager to learn, kids are still kids, so differentiating between the reading time and game time will surely help them concentrate better!



Last but not least, there’s the matter of bonding. While spending time reading with your child in and of itself counts as bonding, there are certain advantages that come with reading from a book.

Some materials prepared for kids in an e-format, while visually pleasing, can distract the child and make them pay more attention to what’s happening on the screen than the story itself.

Your voice as a parent is soothing to your child, and it will make you bond even more as you pass knowledge to them by telling curious and exciting stories!


Here at Progressive Rising Phoenix, we value reading and listening to the essential skills that every parent should teach their kids as early as possible. Be it through an e-reader or, even better, a book, the stories you tell to your child will stick with them forever, and introduce them to the world of literature and knowledge!

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