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Could you be reading too much?

Updated on February 20, 2013
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I think it is safe to say that reading is a good thing.

Actually, reading have so many benefits, that writing about them all would be a big project.
Reading has been known to reduce stress, improve GPA and STA scores, improve analytical thinking, improve vocabulary and also improve memory and writing skills.

Besides that, what is better than living another life, but with your own eyes?

But even though there are so many highly beneficial things to say about reading, there is also another thing to think about.

Can you read too much?

  • Reading in bad light
    I think we all know this. It is night, you want to get a bit of reading done. You have small lamp turned on, but can't be bothered to find more light, since it is not impossible to read.

    This one do not have to be a bad thing. Reading in a bad light does not hurt your eyes as such, but squinting to read the words can cause an eye strain, which is definitely not something you want to deal with, although it is not something very serious (this one can also be caused by other things, such as driving or using the computer for an extended time)

    Try reducing the strain on your eyes by reading in a more lighted room, read with a book lamp or take more breaks.

  • Making it a chore
    This is where you should see the difference between reading for studying and reading for fun.

    Doing the needed reading for whatever job or degree you are in the middle of, will often be a chore. A chore you chose, but yet still a chore of having to read A LOT and all the time. That can often not be avoided, because most people don't love reading and studying so much that they think of it as fun.

    But when it comes to reading for fun, you should be careful.
    Of course it is normal to have a goal or an amount of books you want to have finished before a set time, but reading should really be fun and if you start noticing how it begins feeling like a chore, you should probably step back for a while.
    It is really easy to kill your will to read by making it a chore, and that would be a shame.

  • Reading too quickly
    Every person have their own level of reading, and some people read fast and some read slow.
    But no matter which end of the scale you are at, you should try to slow down once in a while. Take a break after the book and reflect on whatever you just read, and what you were supposed to get out of the book, instead of just jumping on to the next book

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Einstein is quoted to have said that "Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."

Since then, a lot of people have written and talked about this statement, and whether it is true or not. I agree with the idea of the quote, but I think it is rare to read a lot without thinking too.

So the conclusion is: Can you read too much?
I am sure you can, but I think it is rare.
Keep reading and keep learning, but don't make it a chore or you will eventually grow tired of it.


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    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I've never seen that quote from Einstein before, and if he really said that, it will make me revise my hitherto positive opinion of that scientist.

      I learned to read at age four and have read at least 20,000 books as I approach 70. I won't slow down unless I lose my eyesight or too many of my 'little gray cells.' Even though I read a great deal (often when I have insomnia--it's better to read than toss and turn), my reading doesn't prevent me from using my brain or my own creativity. It's possible to do both--so there, Mr. Einstein!

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      Proud Foot 

      5 years ago

      This is interesting, I know I'm guilty of reading as a chore. Purely for study reasons. But I don't think I'll ever get enough of a good book.

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      5 years ago from Narara NSW Australia

      Reading inspires me to write, so in that respect you can never read too much. For me reading will never be a chore, the only time I would say it hovers close to being a chore is when you read while battling tiredness. Nine times out of ten sleep will over come you. Thanks for the read.

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hello Caroline (ct92) -

      My problem - not enough $$$$ in the wallet. The cause - too much reading and not enough writing. :-)

      Thanks for an interesting comparison of reading for fun and reading for real.

      Gus :-)))


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