You probably think you’re gaining something when you read an e-book, but have you ever thought about what you might be losing? An e-book may be more accessible and more convenient to read when on the go or in a dark room, but you’re actually slowly destroying a different ability, according to a recent study.

We are the age of Facebook and Twitter and have thus been taught to limit our reading abilities. Twitter allows only 140 characters and as a society, most of us love that because once we see a long post we’re more likely to scroll past.

Different parts of your brain are used when reading on a screen than when reading from a piece of paper. Your eyes tend to dart around when reading from a screen because you’re skimming the information and not actually taking it all in. This is something we tend to do often. It’s kind of like reading the last page of a book, which is pretty ghastly to any avid book reader. We’re trying to gain knowledge quicker rather than truly studying the material in front of us … sound familiar?

In this particular theory, there are two different types of reading: Non-linear and deep reading. When you focus too heavily on non-linear, you start to lose your ability for deep reading. Similar to building slow or fast-twitch muscles. Non-linear is just skimming a page and darting from thing to thing, whereas deep reading is immersing yourself in the words and truly taking them in.

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So, if you care about your ability to deep read, put down the plastic and pick up some paper.