I asked a few people this question and most of the people I asked prefer a screen to paper.
There was a lengthy discussion on this topic which I happened to listen to.
The virtual (online) world has such a strong presence and most people have willingly embraced it. Some people tend to be more active in the virtual space especially social media than they are in reality. Their social lives and things happen for them in the virtual space. On the other hand, in reality, some of these people will not participate physically in social activities.
During events, take a look around, when people get bored; phones are easy alternatives to get rid of the boredom.