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We are not all alike

Does ginger ale (or ginger) help with stomach aches?

If you didn’t watch it, he cites various studies: some contradict each other, and some are inconclusive on their own. We don’t know.

Ginger ale used to settle my stomach sometimes, and then it quit settling it ever.

Do we remember better if we read from paper or from an e-reader?

Perhaps, and paper books may also have other fringe benefits. But it’s not settled: “Before 1992 most studies concluded that people read slower, less accurately and less comprehensively on screens than on paper. Studies published since the early 1990s, however, have produced more inconsistent results: a slight majority has confirmed earlier conclusions, but almost as many have found few significant differences in reading speed or comprehension between paper and screens.” and “Although many old and recent studies conclude that people understand what they read on paper more thoroughly than what they read on screens, the differences are often small.”

I read something about this yesterday – one of the studies that says we don’t comprehend as well digitally as on paper – and shared it with my partner. He reads quite a lot on his ereader; he said he hadn’t noticed a difference. I mused over this, and realized that for me, I find it to be true, but it’s got to do with what I read electronically: things I can easily find again, or ephemeral things I feel no pressure to remember (like social media updates). I don’t read books electronically – I can’t get on with the eye strain, lacking an ereader that looks like paper – so that basically leaves articles, blogs, email, information, social media, my own documents, etc.

a filing cabinet

We can’t be filed neatly away.
By DttSP

We keep looking for universal answers, forgetting that we’re all different. Ginger and/or ginger ale will settle some stomachs but not others, because each of us has a unique body chemistry. Even at that, ginger/ginger ale will settle some stomach aches but not others in the same person because what’s going on in that stomach will vary from minute to minute.

Some people will comprehend better on paper, some with a screen, some won’t find a difference – and some will comprehend better with different methods for different things – because each of our minds work differently.

Don’t fall into the trap of searching for a universal truth. Find your truth.

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