Decreasing materiality from print to screen reading


  • Theresa Schilhab
  • Gitte Balling
  • Anežka Kuzmičová



The shift from print to screen has bodily effects on how we read. We distinguish two dimensions of embodied reading: the spatio-temporal and the imaginary. The former relates to what the body does during the act of reading and the latter relates to the role of the body in the imagined scenarios we create from what we read. At the level of neurons, these two dimensions are related to how we make sense of the world. From this perspective, we explain how the bodily activity of reading changes from print to screen. Our focus is on the decreased material anchoring of memories.

Author Biographies

Theresa Schilhab

Associate Professor, Future Technologies, Culture and Learning, Danish School of Education, University of Aarhus (Denmark)

Gitte Balling

Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Anežka Kuzmičová

Postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Culture and Aesthetics, Stockholm University (Sweden)




How to Cite

Schilhab, T., Balling, G., & Kuzmičová, A. (2018). Decreasing materiality from print to screen reading. First Monday, 23(10).