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The Neurological Cost of Handwriting’s Disappearance

There’s new information about the increasing dominance of screens in Americans’ reading habits. While 72 percent of adults say they read a book in the last year, almost a third are now reading e-books—not hard-copy books—according to Pew Research.
While screen reading likely isn’t a problem for adults, the same can’t necessarily be said of children, according to new scientific studies. As screen media replaces paper-based reading and writing in many schools, there are concerns about losing the positive effects these experiences have on early brain development.
“A growing body of evidence suggests that screen media use could play a key role in cognition (ie, brain processes involved in knowledge, intellect, and action) and academic performance (ie, academic achievement and abilities) in children and adolescents,” a meta-analysis in the journal JAMA Pediatrics states.”For instance, recent empirical research has reported that screen media use may reduce functional connectivity between cognitive areas.”…

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