Reading vs Watching: Which is Better Scientifically?

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As reading and watching are two different ways of receiving information, the question arises what are the differences between them and which is better for learning – reading or watching?

Let’s look at some aspects where there are key differences between reading and watching and find out whether there is an answer to the question of which is better – reading or watching?

1. Brain Activity

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A large part of your brain stays active when reading, and the brain receives a “workout” every time you read a book.

2. Imagination

When you watch a story on video or TV there is a lesser need to imagine the scenarios. They are visually provided for you.

3. Knowledge Gained

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Books are still considered more accurate and objective than videos, and many people approach videos with an entertainment mindset.

4. Return on Investment of       Time

Although it takes longer to read a book, the enjoyment of reading a good novel cannot be equaled by a video.

5. Calories Burned

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Although there is a difference in the number of calories burnt when you are reading or watching, the difference is actually insignificantly small and does not influence weight loss.

6. Stress Released

Reading is a very good stress releaser. When you read your book you are “transferred” to another world and all your real-life stress is forgotten.

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