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Reading Crisis

by Chourouq Haisni on 18th December, 2013 at 6:18 PM CEST

Reading and writing are the first things we learn in school; they are important bases that we all must obtain at the earliest age and both are skills that we will continue to use for the rest of our existence.

Do you remember the first time you read? I do. I remember my parents' excitement and my teacher's pride and I recall how magical it was for me to connect a few meaningless letters and create a word that meant something.

Words are powerful, they can hold a lot of significance and depth, they can change human emotions from anger, to sadness to happiness. They can influence our perceptions, our ideas, and our judgment. But they also give us a mind of our own, they make us think, and wonder about ourselves and our beliefs and they help us build our own opinions and sharpen our personalities.

Reading is important no one can deny that fact but even though the importance of reading is clear to most of us we still don't do it enough. Reading is food for the soul and we are starving ourselves by going through the motion of life without taking the time to nurture our minds.

So why don’t we read anymore? Why don't we find time to enjoy an interesting article or a good book? How come that even though we have complete access to all kinds of reading material, reading is in a solid turn down?

Is it too tiring? Or is it because it requires too much effort for a very low intellectual satisfaction in the end? As a general role we talk more easily with someone about a movie than we do about a book. Then again it may be explained by the fact that people spend more time watching television or films than reading books.

Some would think that, today, children have computers, internet, telephones etc which gives a choice of distractions that make books seem boring and unexciting by association. This storm of electronic urge has created a generation of children (and adults) who have turned their backs on books.

There is also the fact that, People work longer hours and with their stressful lives; when they do take a break, they look for impulsive thrills, with immediate effect, which makes them they value entertainment and athletics; so they just prefer to lay back and chitchat about stars and cheer for their favorite sports team.

This reading crisis, if we may call it so, is more prominent in some countries than in others, but still the same the reading status of the new generations does not look good. Now the question is how do we push ourselves to read more? And more importantly how do we give books the importance that they held before?

Further reads:

Your mega summer reading list: 200 books recommended by TEDsters

100 books you should read before you die

The books you must read before Graduation

Chourouq Haisni, Action Writers Team #11

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

The Morrocan beauty, Ms .Chourouq Haisni. u really draft a wonderfull idea.
Amazing.................
very well done
Best of Luck for ur upcoming writings...........

23rd December, 2013 @ 12:12 PM CEST

Danna Joyce Chavez

Danna Joyce Chavez | Action team

I, myself, suffered from reading crisis. I was not always a book-lover or wide-reader. I loved looking at pictures more than reading. However, I grew closer to books when I was in high school. I now always visit a bookstore when I go to the mall or wherever there is one. I eventually learned to love reading. Better late than never, huh? As they say, "there is no frigate like a book that would take us miles away"

Thanks for this wonderful insight, Chourouq. More power! :)

25th December, 2013 @ 3:00 PM CEST

Udoka Chiefe

Udoka Chiefe | Action team

Thanks for the recommendations Chourouq! Definitely on it for 2014!!!

2nd January, 2014 @ 9:52 PM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

Reading crises is one of the challenges I fight to deal with because of lack of patience.
Good write up.

17th January, 2014 @ 8:29 PM CEST

pacifique ndayishimiye

pacifique ndayishimiye

So why don’t we read anymore? , I am also asking myself why i do not read/

21st February, 2014 @ 10:34 PM CEST

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