10 Reasons to Listen to Audiobooks

10 reasons

Nowadays, many young people can be seen wearing headphones in transport, it has already become a trend.

numbered listSome listen to their favorite music, and many listen to books in audio format: some for their interpersonal or professional development, some for the soul.

If you haven’t made up your mind yet, we’ll give you 10 reasons to put your doubts to rest.

1. Audiobooks are as useful for brain development as paper books

The usefulness of reading books for brain development has long been proven by scientists, but the benefits for listeners of books in audio format researchers have only recently proven.

2. Your phone can hold more than 10 books

You can download a dozen audio versions of paper books into your gadget, and maybe even more, since they can be compressed. Although you don’t really need that many, except on vacation.

3. “Read” what you always don’t have time for

The first thing to read is books for study or professional growth, but useful literature for yourself is left for later, only this “then” never comes.

Inspirational books, such as “Life at Full Power!” or “The Important Years,” are good to listen to while jogging, doing housework, walking the dog, in transportation: they are easy to perceive by ear and lift your spirits and energize.

4. Don’t ruin your eyesight

Reading strains already tired eyes, because at work we work at the computer, while driving in transportation we “correspond” or look at the news on the phone, at home we watch television or read on a tablet. But an audiobook will give your eyes a rest.

5. To develop auditory skills

Many people are afraid that they won’t be able to hear information, saying, “I’m a visual person, I have to see!”

But if you want to learn to listen better and remember what you hear, audio format is a great way to develop auditory perception.

6. To diversify your home life

listen to audiobooksIf you are bored with the routine at work and at home, add meaning to any boring and monotonous activities with the help of audiobooks.

Vacuum your apartment or wash the dishes while listening to your favorite or interesting books, like “The Willpower” or “How People Think”.

7. Exercise.

If it’s hard to force yourself to exercise regularly, try running or doing the right exercise while listening to a book.

This is how you can improve in your profession by reading “Work From Home at Any Age”, “Rework“, or listen to something for yourself – “Get out of your comfort zone”, “To be, not to seem”.

8. Listen to the author of the book

Usually the audiobook is recorded by a professional narrator, but sometimes it happens that the author voices himself – after all, who better than the author himself knows where to place the accents and with what intonation to read.

9. Remembering a Good Book

Sometimes one wants to reread a good book, but for this, as always, there is not enough time.

It will be easier to find time for listening.

10. Find a reason to go for a walk.

Enough reasoning, download an audiobook, dress warmly, put earphones in your ears and go for a walk. Together with a book, a walk will be a threefold rewarding activity.

Audiobook vs. PaperBook: Which Way of “Reading” Absorbs Information Better?

audiobooks vs paperbooks

Scientists have found out if audiobooks are as well received as printed books.

Spoiler alert: Probably not. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Beth Rogowski, a professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, admits that while she loves audiobooks, she always felt there was a catch to them.

To confirm or deny her feelings, Rogowski conducted an experiment: three groups of people were introduced to the text of Laura Hillenbrand’s popular science book about World War II, Irresistible.

One group listened to the audiobook, another group read, and the third group read and listened. The subjects were then asked to fill out a questionnaire with different questions about the text to see how well they understood and remembered it.

Books are different

Rogowski’s “subjects” answered the questionnaire in about the same way. The experiment showed no significant correlation between the way they received information and their ability to comprehend it.

audiobooksTrue, Rogowski’s subjects used readers for reading. Another researcher, Daniel Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and author of Growing Up Kids Who Read, said he thinks e-books may be perceived differently than classic paper books.

Willingham is convinced that the audio format loses out to the text format. He says that to properly assimilate the information a person must understand where on the page the text is situated.

Professor Willingham also focuses on what he calls regressive eye movement while reading. When we hold a book in our hands, our eyes constantly return to the text we are reading. It is as if we are questioning the book to see if we have understood a line or sentence correctly.

This unconscious movement helps us perceive what we are reading much better. The audio file, too, can theoretically be shoved back and reread, but in practice few people do so.

Also, as we read and listen to books, our thoughts periodically drift off to some other topic. If you are distracted from the printed text, it is quite easy to find the place where you are “lost. This is not the case with audiobooks.

What’s more, even flipping pages gives you an advantage! While you’re flipping, your brain is resting and absorbing new information. And while listening to audio, you can’t emphasize or highlight important information.

Willingham even conducted his own experiment – he asked one group of students to prepare for an exam using text, and another group – using podcasts and audio lectures to prove his theory. The second group averaged lower grades than their classmates, who studied from books.

Practice will help

Daniel Willingham does not rule out the possibility that all these “difficulties” can be overcome by practice, because the more often we do something, the better we succeed.

The professor admits that the audiobook has one, but monumental, advantage: mankind has been transmitting and receiving information verbally for tens of thousands of years.

And we learned to read, by anthropological standards, only recently. “When we read, we use parts of the brain that have evolved for other purposes,” Willingham explains.

We get a lot of information from the timbre, tone, and speed of speech as well. An emotion such as sarcasm is also much easier to pick up by ear.

Conclusion: if you like to listen to audiobooks for fun and entertainment, most likely, the significant difference with the printed text is not noticeable.

Try not to combine listening with other important things – and don’t expect to understand and memorize serious nonfiction, maneuvering in heavy traffic.

But it’s better to read complex and important texts on work and study. It’s better that way.