No One Reads Anymore.
‘The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. “ Rene Descartes
It’s ironic that you are reading a blog about why no one reads anymore. Obviously some people read books.
But readers are slowly dying off, easing into extinction as newer and flashier means of grabbing our attention evolve. Why? Because reading is hard, or at least harder than watching TV or movies or playing video games.
Reading books stimulates the brain, forcing us to focus, to remember and to perform various mental gymnastics. It provides enormous benefits. Reading reduces stress, keeps your brain sharp, helps you fall asleep, increases your vocabulary, writing skills and improves your imagination.
There are many other advantages to reading as well, including developing greater discipline and empathy, helping you better understand other cultures, building self-esteem and making you more interesting.
But a great many people still believe they don’t have time to read. Society floods us with sensory input. Our phones, our tablets, our laptops: all offer connectivity to the wider world. So we think that because we’re connected to it electronically, we needn’t pursue such an old-fashioned activity as reading.
I was not allowed to watch TV as a kid and getting lost in a book was a wonderful way to pass the time. But even I have trouble now forcing my brain to focus for that long. I’m using this gift of time to read great books and will you keep you posted on my favorites.
Reading this blog does not count, by the way.