The Effect of Screen Size on Reading Speed: A Comparison of Three Screens to Print

Lisa Jo Elliott, Medina Ljubijanac, Danielle Wieczorek

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Abstract

Many students are starting to rely on screens to consume their textbooks rather than paper. Does the screen influence reading speed according to its size or when compared to traditional paper? In this study, participants started the experiment with a different device and read four short stories for 10 min each. Participants read on a 17ʺ computer screen, a paperback book, a 10ʺ tablet and a 3ʺ cell phone screen. The number of words they read were counted and the actual words read per minute were calculated. No significant effect of reading speed was found across the screen sizes or the book. Individual participant’s reading speed was remarkably consistent across all the devices suggesting that reading speed does not vary with presentation mode for a brief period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences
EditorsTareq Ahram, Waldemar Karwowski, Salman Nazir
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages103-109
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030201340
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2019 - Washington D.C., United States
Duration: Jul 24 2019Jul 28 2019

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume963
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2019
CountryUnited States
CityWashington D.C.
Period7/24/197/28/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Elliott, L. J., Ljubijanac, M., & Wieczorek, D. (2020). The Effect of Screen Size on Reading Speed: A Comparison of Three Screens to Print. In T. Ahram, W. Karwowski, & S. Nazir (Eds.), Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences (pp. 103-109). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 963). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-20135-7_10