With all the discussions of eyestrain that have taken place over the last few years, you can imagine the double-take I executed when I saw an article in The Telegraph that suggests e-readers can be too easy to read. Neuroscience blogger Jonah Lehrer suggests that, because e-book readers have easy-to-read fonts that produce minimal eyestrain and do not require as much effort to read, they actually interfere with information retention by subconsciously suggesting that the information we read isn’t as “important” as information that’s harder to process.
It sounds like a load of psychological mumbo-jumbo, but then I remembered mentioning a study back in October that had found difficult-to-read fonts did lead to better information retention. So, is “ease” of reading something we should turn away from? Should we all set our e-book reader fonts to Comic Sans?
Something tells me people are going to be thinking about these questions a lot in years to come.
(Found via Slashdot.)