We always assume that the digital transformation will be lead by the youth. Or at least Mitch does.
Kevin O’Keefe came across a recent study which indicates that older readers needed less brain activity when reading on a tablet than on paper or e-Readers. The authors used EEG devices to monitor (theta band) brain activity and tracked eye movement. In fact, the older readers, aged 66-77 years, were actually able to use the tablets better than younger participants.
The point here is that the readers’ subjective preference of print over tablet was irrelevant, for all age groups. Most of the participants actually indicated an expressed preference for paper. The authors explained this as follows:
The most obvious factor that sets apart the tablet from the other two reading devices is the backlighting of the display, thus increasing the contrast between text and background. Indeed, previous eyetracking research has shown that changes in contrast modulate fixation durations. For example, Reingold and Rayner found that a reduced contrast leads to longer fixation times for a critical word – amounting to an increase of first fixation times by 60 ms and of gaze duration (i.e. the sum of all fixations on the critical word before the first saccade to another word) by 120 ms. This result was replicated in a subsequent study , which further showed that a reduced contrast leads to a lower probability of word skipping. Thus, there is good evidence to support the relationship between contrast and reading times, thereby providing a potential explanation for differences between the tablet computer and the other two reading devices.
The reason for this effect with older readers was likely due to higher susceptibility to text discriminability, and reduced contrast sensitivity. The backlit displays of tablets actually allowed the older reader to process the text more efficiently.
The older readers generally spent nearly 3 seconds more reading paper and over 4 seconds more reading on an e-reader than they did a tablet. That means that potentially lawyers can read more and presumably read better when using a tablet instead of paper.
And when you attach a time savings and demonstrate efficiencies to decision-makers in law firms, you just might be able to convince them all that they should invest in the technology to go digital.