People reading electronic media tend to skip around the screen, whereas reading printed material facilitates deeper, more focused reading. So says the Washington Post‘s Mike Rosenwald.
I am inclined to believe this, because I have experienced it. When I get a revised contract from opposing counsel, if the changes are significant, I can’t effectively review them on the screen. I need to print the document out to be able to study the changes carefully in the context of the overall document. I have ascribed my need for a tangible document as a generational problem, thinking that younger lawyers would be better able to scrutinize screen documents. Maybe not.