Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/01/schmidt_kids_reading/

Google boss worries about the future of reading

Kids today

By John Oates

Posted in CIO, 1st February 2010 09:14 GMT

Google boss Eric Schmidt is worried that kids will lose the skill of reading for comprehension and deep understanding as they increasingly use devices rather than actual books.

Schmidt, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, said: "The one that I do worry about is the question of 'deep reading'. As the world looks to these instantaneous devices... you spend less time reading all forms of literature, books, magazines and so forth,"

He said this could have an effect on cognition, according to AFP.

He was more cheerful about the impact of gaming on kids which he reckons improves strategic reasoning, "navigational reasoning" and hand-eye coordination.

Schmidt declined to detail what or how exactly the company is negotiating with China. ®