Scott Hughes wrote:Why People Read Less And Less
by Scott Hughes
We do not value education and intellectuality much anymore. Instead, we value entertainment and athletics. Perhaps it is because technology and development have eliminated a great deal of our need for intelligence. Perhaps we feel secure that our needs have been met and feel that we no longer need to work as a society towards major goals. As a result, we just want to lay back and gossip about Paris Hilton and cheer for our favorite sports team.
What do you think?
Vdcnsrg wrote:I would have to say that the technology is responsible for the decrease in reading. TV, Internet, and all that stuff are a priority over reading for many people.
StephenKingman wrote:^ Good points Dato, but a crucial reason why people read less and less is they simply dont have the interest and interest in reading peaks and troughs all the time. Certainly for me this year, I havent read half as many books as last year and thats because I have gained one or two more hobbies that were more appealing to me than reading; indeed, even if i had a few hours free I probably woulnt read a book as my interest has waned. Im reading a horror book called Secret of Crickley Hall at the moment and if i have it done by Xmas ill be lucky!
Different people have differing degrees of interest in hobbies, Im not someone who could read books every week of the year without fail, I would get bored. Having said that, I could be back in the driving seat next year reading all around me, it just depends on the person. You are right that technology can be a distraction but ironically Kindle users have fast access to books now that they never had before so if you ARE a book addict there has never been a better time to be a reader. :D
Fran wrote:Sunday morning over breakfast I read a couple of chapters of my current book, listen to the updated results of our referendum, get myself wrapped up warm, go for a lovely long walk in the countryside, meet an elderly neighbour & discuss the ways of the world with him for a while. Two hours later I'm back home, scarves unwrapped & gloves ungloved, I log into the forums to see what my virtual friends are chatting about and lo and behold I find two men have been speculating about me all morning .... well knock me down with a feather!
Unfortunately I can't read 24/7 but I do read everyday, how much depends on the book and what is going on around me. If the book is good I will make the time no matter what else is happening ... all a question of priorities!
@Mike, I will get to the sunny South East & we will have that drink ... I very much want to get to that bookshop in Waterford you eulogise so wonderfully.
@DATo, as to my selections - I've picked plently of duds in my time too and you are doing a pretty good job providing excellent & rewarding recommendations.
Now boys back to your books