Reading is fun. I mean, reading an actual book is fun. There’s a difference, you know.
The ‘now’ generation, as far as I am concerned, has decided that privilege isn’t good for them. As of late, they’ve set down the books and focus on mass media outlets for ‘creativity’. Too many of the ‘current’ generation neglect these neatly binded treasures for sleek machines that blare music out. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy this rapidly growing pool of technology as much as the next person does … however, I still find more joy in curling up on my bed with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. That, my friends, is the life.Unfortunately, there are too many teenagers and children who find joy in reading. They think of reading as something assigned. They would never think of it as something that one would do for pleasure.
Trust me, it’s the truth.
A few days ago, I had a conversation with one of my classmates. We were talking about what we had done the previous night. They had pulled an all-nighter doing social networking business. Typical – most teens tend to check, recheck and check their social networking profiles a million times a night. I nodded along and smiled at that. When it came my turn, I mentioned that I was re-reading a book, they instantly stopped me. They looked at me with shocked eyes, “What? You read? Why would you read instead of go out?”
After that, it was my turn to be shocked, “What? You don’t? Reading is fun.”
That short excerpt is exactly how most people view reading. They don’t think of it as an outlet from stress. Most teens view it as something assigned to work and should be avoided at all costs. As a college student, I see lots of students avoid reading other than reading for classes (even that is also very lightly taken).
To be blunt, it sad; to be truthful, it’s disappointing.
Now, I’m not a professional or anything, I’m just a typical nineteen year old college student. However, even I find this to be distressing. My peers are missing out on whole worlds of wonder. Sure, they’ll read the most popular teen novels out at the time or books that people talk about, but what about the shelves and shelves of unread books that stand waiting to be opened? Does no one go out to the library?
There needs to be a way to make reading cool again. I’m not sure why it isn’t because reading allows you to have so much. Knowledge is always involved and any form of knowledge is always a good tool to have in your arsenal. Imagination will be sparked and who doesn’t want to have creativity flowing in their blood? Books have too much too offer for people to not take them up.
I think, this generation needs to update their minds and open some books.
What is there to lose?