In our generation where learning is technologically advanced, you might wonder, “what is the point of reading?” There are video tutorials that can guide you on doing stuff, there are short clips that can narrate a whole story, and there’s even a whole series of music videos that teaches kids’ ABCs. Learning is just at the tip of our hands, so again, why would anyone spend time reading a book?
In today’s fast-paced world, reading is considered a lame habit as most of us perceived it to be a boring, unentertaining, and time-consuming activity. Perhaps that perception is rooted in our growing dependence on social media. Sadly, it seems like technology made it impossible for books to recover from whatever damage that innovation has brought. But of course, it would be unfair to blame it all on the digital world as some other people intend to use the internet for educational purposes. It still offers many reading materials in the form of an e-book which provides the same concept as reading a book.
But to answer the question as to why don’t people read books anymore, there are a couple of reasons for that. This article will discuss a few of the common factors that affect people’s interest in reading.
Reason #1: People Don’t Have time
Truth be told, even if people would love to spend a quiet time reading a book, it sometimes becomes impossible. Everybody’s busy with their daily schedules from home, school, and work, and social life. Thus, reading a book can be looked at as a habit that would take so much time to do. Admittedly, people can’t just spend a couple of minutes reading because they will eventually have to finish an entire book. That particular goal often brings a negative feeling that discourages reading. As a result, people would say that they do not have time.
Reason #2: The Internet Is More Convenient
Yes, reading can be very beneficial in terms of stress reduction. It helps stimulates the brain through an enhanced imagination and creativity. Unfortunately, a lot of people refer to books as outdated stuff. That is why they find social media and other internet-related stuff more convenient and entertaining. So instead of reading a book, many people would prefer to spend time posting pictures, sharing video clips, liking quotes, and just basically doing nothing but scroll their news feeds. Truthfully, the internet offers many things and sources thatch basically make a book look less interesting.
Reason #3: Books Are Expensive
Perhaps some individuals are still more than willing to purchase the bestselling books at the bookstore, especially when written by their best-selling author. These people are simply those who find reading a habit that they value and continue to practice. However, it becomes an excuse not to read for those who can’t afford to buy a book. Understandably, their excuse can be valid since books can be quite expensive at times. And to think that people will only read it once, they might not consider it a good investment of their money.
Reason #4: Visual Representation Is More Engaging
Books can provide a better source of creativity and imagination. It helps the mind to think about beautiful things around. However, there is some stuff in the book that is more engaging when visually viewed. That explains why people prefer watching films or movies instead of re-creating scenarios in their heads. Movies adapted from books pretty much make people not want to read anymore. That is because people would never have to go through some filler parts of the story aside from convenience when they watched the film’s version.
Reason #5: No Idea What To Read
Some people do not read books just because they do not want to. Some of them honestly like to read books but are having a hard time what books to read. Admittedly, finding the best book topics can be exhausting at some point. If the individuals do not know what type of books they prefer, it may take a while before they can finally decide. And sometimes, when that exhaustion kicks in, the enthusiasm for reading gradually fades. Yes, people can try reading something. But if that book does not impact, people will soon lose interest in reading in general.
Reason #6: Reading Is Not Their Thing
Another lame reason people often use to validate their excuse for not reading is telling everyone that reading is not their “thing.” Some individuals would rather stick to their ideology that reading is not part of their everyday lives. Some of them excuse themselves by telling others that they are not used to the habit. And some don’t entirely care to read books at all because they find it unrewarding.