Do tablets really discourage concentration?

by Carl Natale on March 6, 2012

It seems like an obvious point. There are so many distractions on tablets, that using them for quality reading (ebooks) is practically impossible.

But has anyone done any kind of usability study on this? I would like to see if anyone actually is switching from ebooks to Angry Birds constantly. And would the same distractions occur if you give someone a book and a tablet. Do they keep putting the book down to check their email or play a game?

E-Books on Tablets Fight Digital Distractions

With diversions like e-mail, Twitter, YouTube and games a few taps away, the book-reading experience on a tablet is more like a 21st-century cacophony than a traditional solitary activity.

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