3D Printing

By: MD

Technology is advancing. New things are being invented every day. With comes a 3D printer. Invented by a man in 1982. This idea is being altered and used for all sorts of things, especially in the medical world. It started off with a doctor printing a conduct for a 3 year old because he had condition called tracheobronchomala. Where a part of the airway is very weak that it keeps on collapsing therefore makes breathing difficult. So they used the 3D printer. This occurred in 2012 and since them doctors and scientists have been coming up with revolutionary ideas that can save 100s of lives. Right now and in the future we will be able to print tissues with blood vessels, prosthetic parts of a low cost, medical models, bones, heart valves and organs. These are just some of the things that we are walking on. Scientists are finding new ways to use printers for the benefit of all human. Some Italian researchers are even developing technology to 3D print eyeballs by 2027. What is a 3D printer? It takes a digital model and turns it into a physical object. A 3D printer works by printing layer by layer in plastic, metal, nylon, and over a 100 other materials like human cells to make organs etc. when we think of everything that can be done, it just amazes me how advanced 3D printers are. When I first heard of them I didn’t understand how that would work. Like how would something print a 3D thing? But it’s cool how the printer uses a material and melts it to design layer by layer. Only six months ago students from University of British Columbia won an award for engineering and 3D printing an effective kind if surgical smoke evaculator. Also surgical instruments are being printed. Tools like forceps, scalpel handles and clamps. This is great because 3d printing the tools are way cheaper and when the tool is made it comes out sterile.

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All kinds of doctors are coming up with new ways to use #d printing. 3D printing will change medicine, as we know forever. But 3D printing is also big in other areas not just medicine. Nasa is experimenting with 3D printing to see if they can send into space with astronauts on longer missions. For an example to mars. 3D printing is also used in industry. Things from dentals models to car parts, tools and models for buildings. Models are also used to show students in med school or school in general. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-i1OS6ZU_-k

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Furists even believe that 3D printing is the beginning of the third industrial revolution. They say that in 50 to75 years 3D printing will be huge. And that we will be living 100 to 110 years. Designers in America are working on 3D printed cars and in china they are working on 3D printed houses. Also in England they 3D printed a hamburger for the first time. The possibilities are endless. And this is just the beginning. For more info on the future of 3D printing click on this link. http://www.cnbc.com/2014/05/09/will-3-d-technology-radically-change-the-world.html

 

The Dangers Of Online Predators

BY LD

During Online interactions we don’t always think about who we’re really talking to. Awareness of Online Sexual Predators is super important for people of all ages.

What Are They?

Online sexual predators are people who commit crimes such as sexual assault over the internet. These people can range from any age, although more often than not, are around ages 40-65. They often use fake identities or act as someone the victim would relate or connect with.

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Who Do They Target?

Online predators usually target minors; however, any age can be a possible victim. They usually look for people who are lonely or simply just having a challenging period in their lives, in which case, human beings usually strive for someone to listen. In this case, the victims don’t necessarily fully look over who it is that is trying to interact with them, making it the perfect opportunity to lure the victim in. They do this using three main rules gaining trust, breaking down the boundaries and maintaining control over them while still trying to make the victim feel safe and comfortable when interacting with them.

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Why?

Technically, there could be tons of reasons why someone would want to do this. The part that shocks physiologists the most is how much planning goes into the actual crime. Due to past researching, I know that more serious convicts have been extremely organized with their crimes. They spend weeks or months looking for the perfect victim before actually interacting with them. Physiologists have said some of these convicts do this crime for the adrenaline rush they get from it.

How Do We Recognize an Online Sexual Predator?

Obviously we’re not perfect and have probably stumbled upon a predator before without noticing; however, there are ways to make sure you and your loved ones stay safe on the internet.  In the picture above it has a quote in the bottom left corner.

” A predator can sound a lot like a friend.”

This quote is entirely true. As said before, part of the process in which a predator takes consists of trying to get the minor or victim to feel comfortable and safe when speaking to them just as a friend does. That doesn’t mean if somebody is kind to you they’re a predator, it simply means that people who are overly kind or “nosy”right from the start could be a possible predator although obviously this isn’t always the case. One of the bigger warning signs is somebody who asks you a lot of personal questions relating to things such as your family, friends, province/state, home life etc…

Of course this doesn’t always apply but if noticed it wouldn’t hurt to take precaution.To sum it up, if the person is making you uncomfortable in anyway repeatedly it’s probably best that you recognize that and change it.

How To ” Delete” A Predator

After recognizing the signs and deciding to move on, it’s always best to block the predator which eventually (if not already) will be common sense. If the person had threatened you or your family it’s always best to tell an adult or in desperate measures call the police.

When researching I found some actual facts proving why we need to be more educated on this subject not even as a school but a generation in which is very involved with social media of all kinds.

  • 86% of children or young adults chat online without their parents knowledge
  • 77% of victims targeted by predators are 14
  • 64% of teens do things online they wouldn’t want their parents seeing
  • and the worst one of all, 75% of kids are willing to give out personal information for goods or services

So what does this all mean?  I see it as the parents and children being ignorant to how dangerous the internet can actually be. Of course it’s also fun and full of great things but it doesn’t hurt to know how to avoid the not so great things either.

Some of the most popular sites used by online sexual predators are

  • kik
  • instagram
  • textplus
  • snapchat
  • Match.com
  • Plenty of fish

In conclusion, kids need to be more aware of their surroundings as do parents. We should monitor the use of social media within our household especially with small children. This is a new problem considering no other generation has ever been this involved with social media till now, so why we haven’t had any real education on this topic is understandable. However, there has been enough time to notice online sexual predators are growing wiser and more dangerous by the day, which is why we need to start opening our eyes to the dangers of them, not only for us, but for more futures to come.

 

For more information on how to stay safe view the following websites ;

http://www.protectkids.com

http://mcgruff.org/#/Main

http://www.familysafecomputers.org

http://internetsafety101.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Electronic Devices Affect Sleep and Overall Health

By L.H.

With a show of hands, how many of you use any type of electronic device 2-3 hours before bed? This includes things like cell phones, computers, televisions, iPads and e-readers. Did you know that all electronic devices used before bed affect your sleep patterns and health in a negative way due to the exposure to blue light? Blue light is important for us. It is the light that we see outside during the day. Blue light is a colour in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by the human eye. (bluelightexposed.com) It makes us more alert and focused. It even boosts our mood. So how can this be bad? (health.harvard.edu)

 

Scientists have done studies to determine the effect blue light has on sleep. One experiment involved a dozen people where half of the people read books and the other half read from e-readers for 4 hours before bed each night for two weeks. After one week they switched and the paper book group read from e-readers and the e-reader group read from paper books. The end result was that the people who read from e-readers took 10 minutes longer to fall asleep than the people who read from paper books, had 10 minutes less deep sleep and it shifted their sleep-wake cycle, also called their circadian rhythm, by an hour and a half. (thebrainflux.com)

So what happened? Well, the people who read from e-readers were exposed to blue light from the screens. This caused their melatonin levels to be reduced by half. Melatonin is a chemical messenger in our bodies that controls our sleep-wake cycle. (sleep.org)

Although the blue light is good for us during the day, it is not good for us to be exposed to it at night when we are trying to fall asleep. Our devices are tricking our minds into thinking that it’s day time when really it is time for us to wind down and go to sleep. (sleepfoundation.org) The blue light given off by our devices, doesn’t just affect our sleep for that night, it also impacts the way our bodies work the next day. We get energized instead of falling into a deep sleep when our bodies heal and get energized for the next day. (health.harvard.edu) The blue light also affects our brain health by causing memory loss. It causes stress and influences stress management.

 

We may not be able to feel the blue light doing any damage to our brains or organs but what we can feel is the damage it does to our eyes. When you look at a device for a long period of time your eyes become strained, which is why your eyes tear up after a while or start to hurt. It is also why some people get headaches after looking at a device for a long time. The blue light given off by the device works its way to the back of the eye causing damage to all of the mechanisms that help you see. That is why lots of people who stare at a screen all day will need glasses eventually and might have a risk of getting AMD, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, which is an eye disease. (reviewofoptometry.com)

In a similar small Harvard study, blue light before bed was also linked to causes of diabetes and obesity. When 10 people were placed on a blue light schedule to slowly change their sleep wake cycle they found that their blood sugar levels increased to a pre-diabetic state, and their levels of leptin, a chemical messenger that makes people feel full after eating, went down. (health.harvard.edu) A reduction in leptin could cause a person to eat more, leading to obesity. This can then lead to diabetes. Recent studies show that there may also be a link between reduced melatonin levels and incidence of cancer making blue light a potential contributing factor. (health.harvard.edu)

It is believed that blue light isn’t the only reason why devices have a negative effect on our sleep and health. People blame devices for health problems and lack of sleep when really they have all the control as to how often they pick up their devices and when. Society is obsessed with devices and technology so much so, that we can’t put them down. Whether it’s checking emails or texts, surfing the web, playing video games, or just checking social media, people can be up all night without even realizing they are tired. People also go nowhere without their technology. (sleep.org) Using these electronics keeps our brain engaged and reduces energy levels the following day. (thebrainflux.com) The constant stress of being connected and the ability to communicate with coworkers at all hours of the night makes us unable to relax. (thebrainflux.com) It takes your body at least a half an hour to twenty minutes to wind down after using a device, and you get ten minutes less of deep sleep which is when your body tries to heal itself. In certain situations, it is really hard for people not to use a device or be exposed to blue light 2-3 hours before bed. Some people who work night shifts using computers or are exposed to blue light are more likely to receive less sleep than someone who hasn’t come in contact with blue light before bed. This doesn’t just affect adults. Studies show that 75% of kids aged 6-17 sleep with a device in their room. (sleep.org)

Devices and technology are here to stay so we need to adopt certain strategies to help us prevent harm to our bodies. Here are some things we can do to minimize the harm from these devices. Dimming your device’s brightness will still expose you to blue light but it is weaker so it won’t disrupt your melatonin production as much. By doing this you can maintain your quality of sleep and reduce the difficulty of falling asleep. Holding your device at least fourteen inches away from your face with the brightness not turned up all the way will help as well. (sleep.org) Blue blocking glasses are available for purchase so your eyes won’t be exposed to the light at all. This prevents damage to the eye and melatonin levels. (health.harvard.edu) Exposing yourself to lots of bright light during the day will help your ability to sleep at night, as well as improve your mood, memory and alertness during the day. The most obvious and effective way to prevent any sleep disturbances or health issues is to avoid using a device 2-3 hours before your go to sleep.

Digital technology is hurting our bodies in ways we didn’t even know. Hopefully with a little information and by applying some simple solutions we can avoid any of the negative health impacts digital technologies bring.

 

Bibliography

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“Electronics in the Bedroom: Why It’s Necessary to Turn off Before You Tuck in.” – National Sleep Foundation. Web. 25 Jan. 2016.

“How Electronic Devices Affect Sleep.” TheBrainFlux. 2015. Web. 18 Jan. 2016.

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How Does Digital Technology Help Young Artists?

by: KM

There are many bad aspects to digital technology and the ways it affects us, but what are some good qualities? Well I could answer that in many ways, but what I want to focus on is the creative, inspirational, and artistic aspect.  Have you recently used  a website like Pinterest? Or etsy? Deviant art? Or have you recently made on online interaction to purchase custom made painting? There are many websites that provide a creative outlet for many artists.

Without technology, we wouldn’t have “new media art”. Visual effects such as, Simulation FX Matte paintings, and Compositings in movies would look very cheap, because it limits our the way we show an explosion in an action movie. Superman wouldn’t be flying, but walking or running. Green screen is counted as digital technology, so most movies would look like a grade fiver’s movie project without it. Fractals and Algorithmic art, that uses scanned photos, vector graphics, computer mice and/or a graphics tablet, would not exist. Many modern artists wouldn’t be artists without this technique, for they feel only comfortable using digital technology to create their greatest works. Digital art and visual effects do take great skill, for all  “brush strokes” takes advanced planning. Technology helps us develop and expand our knowledge of different techniques of art .

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http://andreewallin.deviantart.com/art/Swamp-fever-192627933

Andree Wallin titled the work “swamp fever” with the following description; “Title stolen from L4D2, a game that I love almost as much as I hate
Hope you like it!”

HP, the computer brand has recently come out with a computer with a built in scanner, where you could draw infront of the computer on blank space and all strokes you make will show up on the computer monitor. This replaces the graphics tablet, which does a similar action. see more about this topic here.

As Sol LeWittIn says :  “computer art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work . . . all planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes the machine that makes the art.”

have you yet seen the new star wars movie ” the force awakens”? Well guess how that one was made? That’s right, with FX matte paintings.The following continues with a spoiler alert; The Star movie producers take you behind the scenes and show you some of their greatest parts of their movie trailers here.

 

Without technology, it would be very hard to get your name known as a fellow artist. Most artist before technology were acknowledged only years after their deaths. But with social media,  the sharing cites like deviant art and Pinterest, people who see an artists piece could contact the artist via email and offer an exchange of money for a custom painting. Many people become internet famous for their work, your piece could be acknowledged on the internet through a news article, and shown in classes. For example,

Six year old  Leonard Belanger had won a contest hosted by Ikea, and now his cute little smiling sun, which beat 52,000 other entries, is becoming a soft toy sold all around the world in local Ikea stores. See the story here .

Or have you ever heard about the ” Doodle man”? Well he has created his own comic book and his own persona. The doodle man dresses like his comic book character, and wears white tuxedo suit covered in his black drawings. He goes and graffities the towns blank walls with his art and is rising slowly to the top. See the story here.

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http://exileden.deviantart.com/art/Among-the-Polar-Spirits-590725101

“exileden” labeled this work as “among the polar spirits” with the caption “All the beautiful moments that I experience, they stay inside myself.
Even through I miss them…”

With technology, for those artists in a funk, with no ideas, could, with a click of button, open up a website such as Pinterest and admire others work and photos. Being inspired is a very good thing about the internet. With easy access to photos and paintings through digital technology, it helps many artists and is also aesthetically pleasing towards any of the viewers. Some websites help artists store their ideas in a “folder” or “board” to look back on later on.

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over all, digital technology has helped by providing many young artists a creative, inspirational, and artistic outlet, to showcase, and make their work.

http://www.artsnova.com/computer-art-quotes.html

http://andreewallin.deviantart.com/art/Swamp-fever-192627933

https://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/good-news/six-year-old-ottawa-boys-drawing-to-be-made-into-192832483.html

http://exileden.deviantart.com/art/Among-the-Polar-Spirits-590725101

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/illustration/watch-doodle-man-discuss-drawing/#2

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/motion-graphics/bafta-awards-2016-vfx/

http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/creative-hardware/hp-sprout-pro-hands-on-with-new-creative-computer-with-built-in-scanner-projector-tablet/

 

 

Sexual Predators are everywhere online

By:KN

http://www.soc.ucsb.edu/sexinfo/article/sexual-predators-cyber-space

Did you know there are over 747,408 registered sex offenders in the U.S and over 100,000 are lost in the system? Sexual Predators are everywhere online including games like Minecraft. A 34 year old man was arrested for attempting to bribe children with real and virtual gifts, and in return he would ask for nude photos of themselves.

Since the invention of the internet Predators are able to select their victims much easier. Many children are very clueless when it comes to putting personal information on the internet, even simple things like posting a picture in front of your house which shows your neighborhood and what your house looks like.  Predators look for people who are either vulnerable or naïve. They first listen to the child’s problems showing that they care about this child. That then eases the person in to sexual content. The most vulnerable are those who are new to online activity, rebellious, isolated, lonely, curious, or exploring sexuality. Most children think they are aware of this but it is very easy to be tricked.(http://www.familysafecomputers.org/predators.htm)

Here is a video that shows how easy it is to be tricked.

There are many horrifying stories about online sexual predators and their victims, here are just a few.

It was 2002, Alicia Kozakiewicz had been talking to a boy who she thought was around her age for 8 months. She was walking up her street one night and she heard her name being called and the next thing she new she was in a car driving to this “boys” house in Virginia, where she was held captive in a basement dungeon, and was brutally assaulted both physically and sexually. He chained her to the floor using a dog collar. Another predator watched what this man Scott Tyree was doing to Alicia through a live streaming video, and he ended up reporting it to the police after seeing all the missing posters for her in the newspapers. She is now 28 today and is a living example of the damage one person can do to another. (http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Victim-of-Online-Child-Predator-I-was-Tortured-Raped-and-Brutally-beaten)

Another story is shorter but also proves a point.

Dwan Harden was charged with first degree sexual assault after a women he met on a dating app called Mocospace said that she had told him to “come over and hangout.” They agreed to meet and “smoke blunt.” The two went for a ride in Dwans car and things escalated quickly from there, the women attempted to exit the vehicle but was locked in and was assaulted sexually. (http://www.instantcheckmate.com/crimewire/10-horrifying-true-stories-of-online-predators)

When a predator is selecting victims there is basically a “guideline.” They usually tend to favor those who have private regular access to a computer, and most victims usually live in suburban or rural areas and few in the inner cities. It also helps if the victim is online in the same time frame as the predator. Preferably predators like someone who has instant messaging rather than email since emails automatically save and instant messages usually delete when the window in closed. Obviously they have to search out people who will actually talk to them, otherwise how would that work? The most targeted are those who as I said earlier are vulnerable, lonely, naive, and may have a single parent, have trouble in school or with the law etcetera. In order for the predator to succeed the victim they choose has to be one that wont end the “relationship” at the suggestion of sexual activity. The most targeted ages range from 12-15 because at this age they are exploring who they are. (http://www.safer-internet.net/how-internet-predators-select-their-victims.html)

Here are some ways for a parent to reduce the risk of their child being a victim. First get involved and talk to them about the online dangers. Second make boundaries for young children like not using chat rooms. Also never put a computer in their room put in a common area like the living room. Third have the don’t talk to strangers conversation, and tell them to try and make a gender neutral username and never reveal personal information.

If a parent wants to be able to tell if their child is a victim look for the following things. Child spends more time on the internet then before. Finding pornography on the computer. Starts making or receiving phone calls from long distance numbers or numbers you don’t recognize, or a child might receive “mystery packages” . There is plenty more if you visit the following website. http://www.bewebaware.ca/english/OnlinePredators.aspx

In conclusion online Sexual Predators are real and should not be taken as a joke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Todd: A Case Of Cyber-Bullying

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https://www.myalternatives.ca/hope/obituaries/2012-todd-amanda-michelle

“I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did this to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although I’m sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyone’s future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I?”

These were some of the last words of Amanda Todd. A teenager who committed suicide because she was bullied so severely over social media, and was exploited online. Digital Technology can have very negative impacts on a persons life. Sometimes so severe that they consider/commit suicide.

To tell her story, I decided to show the video she posted about a month before her death (October 10th, 2012).

Amanda Michelle Todd was born on November 27th, 1996 in Port Coquitlam, B.C. About a month before her death she posted a video on YouTube where she used index cards to tell her story of being blackmailed, exploited, and physically/mentally assaulted. The video went viral after her death, receiving 1’600’000 views in just 3 days. The video has more then 19 million views now. One thing she doesn’t mention in the video is that Amanda had a language-based learning disability and was taunted by her classmates for her low grades and for the time she spent in the hospitals as a result of her disability. “It didn’t really help that after she got out of the hospital recently some kids started calling her ‘psycho’ and saying she had been in the crazy hospital,” says Amanda’s mom Carol, “She went to the hospital, she had therapy, she had counselling, she was on a good track. On the day she gets out, that happens. I shake my head and think, ‘Are kids really that nasty, do they really not think, what if it was them?'”

Digital Technology played a huge part in her life. Her story would of never gone the way it did if the Digital Technology (specifically social media) she was blackmailed, exploited, and abused over, never existed. She would’ve never gotten those awful messages from her classmates such as, “she deserved what she got”, and after she drank the bleach and luckily survived – “she should try a different bleach. I hope she dies this time and isn’t so stupid”. Most of the things that led her to cut, overdose on the antidepressants, and commit suicide were the awful messages and the pictures of the Clorox (bleach), and the ditches (from when she laid in a ditch after the kids from her school beat her up). All of those messages and pictures directed to her never would’ve existed if we didn’t have Digital Technology. At the same time, I don’t know if it would’ve been better if Digital Technology never existed because the bullies would’ve probably physically abused her a lot more at school and she would’ve been in a lot more physical pain which might have led her to commit suicide sooner.

Here is an example of one of the most common hate pictures: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/418271-amanda-todds-death

After her suicide, more than 1 million Facebook users liked her Facebook memorial page, and she had a memorial in her hometown. Mixed in with the good things were also bad things. People kept leaving awful comments on her Facebook page, and kept posting their rude comments about her. In response to her death, a motion was introduced in the Canadian House of Commons. The motion proposed a study of bullying in Canada, and for more funding and support for anti-bullying organizations in Canada. In order to eliminate this problem, I think there should be more monitoring over websites  like Facebook, so if someone sees a rude comment that could potentially lead to something like Amanda’s story, it can be reported and hopefully stopped before it goes too far.

In conclusion, cyber-bullying is one of the many ways people are being bullied and it is causing multiple problems for the victims and their families. Some cyber-bullying incidents have ended with people dying, they have gone that far. I found some statistics that I actually find quite sickening. Due to bullying, suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens, resulting in about 4,400 suicides per year, and for every suicide there are at least 100 attempts. That’s 440,000 suicide attempts PER year. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. Cyber-bullying isn’t something we should be taking lightly, and hopefully people will realize that and put an end towards it.

 

Hardcopies Better than Online Reading?

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By MH

Think about the last book you read. How much do you remember from it? Was it on your phone? Tablet? E-reader? Laptop? Or a hard copy? from what I’ve found, reading a hard copy book is better. Let me explain why.

The effects of reading on a screen when it comes to health, there is a few of ’em. One of the big ones is the light. The light reflected off the screen of a phone or new style e-reader can be quite bright and harmful to our eyes. Lots of people read on their phones in the dark.The light reflected off the screen into our eyes makes us think it’s still daytime when really it could be three am. The second part of this is reading online keeps us all fidgety. Reading a hard copy book has been proven to relax someone in as little as six straight minutes of reading. Reading on a screen just doesn’t do that. It’s even been said that reading on a screen gets us more worked up than relaxed. This puts us in worse moods more often than not, and even if we’re still happy, we’re a little jumpy and its hard to focus.

Hard copy books are often just more enjoyable in general. Your phone doesn’t have that new/old book smell. It won’t have the same feel. You’re not turning soft, worn pages, you’re swiping your finger across a piece of glass. You can’t slam your phone shut when you’re mad at a character or the author. Believe me, having a real book to slam shut and smack is way better when a book aggravates you. You also can’t really throw your phone across the room. I mean you can, but you probably don’t want to. It could break, bounce off four walls, kill a cat. This leads me to another reason within this reason. Studies have shown that when reading online you don’t empathize with the characters as much. There’s something about seeing physical words on a page that makes us feel closer to the characters, and relate to them in some way. Even if our situations are completely different and nothing alike, you could relate to the way they feel about a given person for instance. And honestly, you don’t throw a book without it having a good enough plot. I mean, you have to strongly love or hate, usually hate whats happening or the ending to throw a book across the room, or at someone(I don’t recommend the latter). I should know, I’ve done this on several occasions.

My last reason I think will resonate with most of you. Reading online has many more distractions. For example, if you’re reading on your phone and you get a snapchat. What’s the likability that you’ll ignore the snapchat and keep reading? No offense to anyone, but I have a feeling it’s pretty low. Most of you would probably check the snapchat, respond to it, and then forget about the book you were just reading, and go on some other social media. I admit it, I’ve done that too, anyone and everyone who has ever read a book online has. Anyways back to the point, after checking social media we probably won’t remember what we were just reading. We just don’t retain as much of the information when we read online. Part of this could be the fact that most of us are “scrollers”. Meaning we just skim over most of it, and completely skip the boring parts. We read the interesting stuff, not necessarily the important parts of the book. We also tend to read a little faster online than we do in a traditional book. With a traditional book we often take our time, soaking in the plot and trying to look for any clues of what is to come. Reading an online book, we resemble zombies more or less. Mindless scrolling while reading isn’t any different from mindless scrolling on instagram or tumblr or whatever app you may be using. They’re all the same in that sense. You remember almost everything from a hard copy because, as I said before, we connect with characters better reading hard copies. Then there’s the whole advertizment thing. Websites have ads on the side, at the top, on the bottem, or somewhere on the webpage. If it’s for something that peaks your intrest, you loose focus. So once again you’re taking away from the book you were trying to read.

There will always be areas in which online reading is better, but they don’t quite add up enough to knock out hard copies completely. You can’t beat the portability of your phone or an ereader. The quality of writing isn’t any different. It’s the way the reader perceives it. How close attention they pay to the words. And more often than not, we pay more attention to the words when they are on paper pages bound together.

All in all, reading a hard copy is just BETTER. It’s beneficial to your health by NOT messing up your sleep schedule, and keeping you a little more relaxed. Hard copies help heighten your emotions and your ability to feel something for someone else, plus they’re just more enjoyable in general. And finally, there’s no distractions! So if you just put down your smartphone, and pick up a book, you might just find that it’s a little better than you thought.

 

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