For all the book lovers out there, the question of whether listening to audiobook counts as reading or not always disturbs them. Some believe that listening to audiobooks is normal, while there are others who believe that true reading takes place when you sit down with a book. What we should keep in mind is that reading a physical book and listening to the audiobook are two different paths that lead to the same destination. Each creates differing experiences and memories, but neither is better or worse than the other.
According to Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, of the University of Texas, “When you read something, you are looking at symbols on a page, and your brain is busy filling in all the blanks. Like the sounds of the voices, the scene, the inflection, the deeper meaning, the plot, etc.” On the topic of audiobooks, they said, “Because you can’t go back and reread something, you’re much more likely to do a better job of trying to extract the gist of what someone meant when you’re hearing them than when you’re reading.”
Audiobooks are great for children as they find it easier to follow the story. Listening also helps in building their vocabulary. Physically reading a book can be a more personal experience because your inner voice is responsible for creating everything that’s not on the page from only the words on the page.
There is no definite answer as to which is better, reading or audiobooks. It really depends on the person. I would suggest people to try both and then stick with whatever works out better for them.
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