I think because of technology, the general attention spans of a lot of people have decreased significantly. Also, being educated is not always seen as attractive or sexy.
Brain research has shown that millenium children are wired a little different. They have been bombarded by electronic images and vast amounts of information that have nothing to do with reading way before they ever enter school. They have already learned that reading is not the only way in which to get information. Further, since reading is a concentration thing, many children have not developed that concentration stream of thinking. Schools do not provide time for solitude reading, and society is too busy trying to figure out how to make drive thru's even quicker. Reading simply is too slow for the current world that is trying to be faster. How do you get the message of a book faster...you turn it to video. I do not blame one invention, but progress in general, and then it is really not blame that I place. I think people are reading, but not just not reading as much Print material.
Research proves reading continues to be important in our fast paced society but books are not.
Data gathered by Readitlaterlist.com reveals, “When a reader is given a choice about how to consume their content, a major shift in behavior occurs. They no longer consume the majority of their content during the day, on their computer. Instead they shift that content to prime time and onto a device better suited for consumption.
Initially, it appears that the devices users prefer for reading are mobile devices, most notably the iPad. It's the iPad leading the jailbreak from consuming content in our desk chairs.
As better mobile experiences become more accessible to more readers, this movement will continue to grow. Readers want to consume content in a comfortable place, on their own time and mobile devices are making it possible for readers to take control once more.” (1)
(1) http://readitlaterlist.com/blog/2011/01 … n-we-read/
First it would pay to have some data. In recent years fewer people are reading but they are reading more. I suspect reading has net increased over the last year or so with e-readers becoming popular.
I think it's because of todays educational system of passing kids along with out really teaching them anything like reading. Sad to say but I have noticed more and more "graduates" who can't read Dr. Seuss much less anything more advanced
I think its worth considering that while people may be reading less books, I would suspect people read more information overall as the common medium has shifted from physical to digital. Especially considering the wealth of free to access information available on the web.
Yes going to the library is free to, but searching on Google is far easier and far more accessible on a global scale.
Reviews and opinions of others mere clicks away.
Ability to find related information thanks to aggregation tools.
Zooming text to the size you like.
You can play music from the same device you read material on.
I will cry the day I have to give up my books. As much as I like technology, I can't seem to spend as much time reading online as I can in a book. For some reason it hurts my eyes. I too have noticed that fewer and fewer children in our area enjoy reading. They want to spend their time playing games. Hopefully this won't become on of those "lost arts"
No worries, all you need to do is look at history for some assurance there.
Cavemen painting on walls was the first form of communication that ever existed, thousands and thousands of years ago. It never died out, it only transformed into Graffiti and Murals that we still see today.
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