The importance of reading books in the age of technology
Books have taken on a new form in this generation. Are the days of wrapping in a blanket with a good book and rarely moving until your book is complete long gone? Or, are they still alive and thriving in a secret society only readers know about?
I’m not sure what your stance on reading is, but I must tell you that books are thriving in this age of technology.
According to Statista, over 650 million books are sold each year. The majority of them being physical books.
So, what is the importance of reading books?
Books open your imagination to fascinating worlds and adventures you will never experience in real life. My favorite books are packed with science-defying stunts, ideas, and actions. Worlds that stimulate the creativity within me and allow me to think way outside the box are the stories that will stick with me for a lifetime.
It is true, every book you read will change you.
Every word you consume will challenge you to think, act, and be different.
If you read the same book every day, you’re doing a tremendous injustice to yourself. Even though some books are meant to be read over and over—the more you read, the more you learn something fascinating— your brain requires constant stimulation. A new and exciting book satisfies that requirement.
I’ve read somewhere once that the more you read, the better you write. Reading helps with communication. It teaches you how to act in certain situations and what your body language is screaming to other people.
The more you read and apply that knowledge, the more you’ll grow.
Why is reading important in today’s society?
It’s insanely easy to pick up a game or watch Netflix rather than read a book. I understand that even though my love for books started when I was a child, loads of people dislike reading.
Years ago when I still had a Facebook page, I read a status that made me sad. An old school mate of mine professed her dispassion for reading. They proclaimed that they do not read anything longer than a few words on a text or Facebook. If the status was longer than a Twitter post, it was too long for them to read.
Comments like that make me think of all the valuable information that that person is missing because they refuse to read.
Reading expands your knowledge. If you are inexperienced in a particular subject but have the desire to learn, all the information you require will be in a book. Someone somewhere has written about what you desire to learn. Do your research and find that information.
Jim Kwik mentioned in his book Limitless that all the pertinent information you need is in a book. I believe he is correct.
Searching google for an answer to a short question you have is acceptable. But, relying on bits and pieces of information to form your entire knowledge base is nothing short of reckless.
If you desire to learn everything on a topic of your choice, start with its history and understand how it has changed over the years. By understanding that topic, you’ll understand how and why it affects you. The importance of reading goes beyond simply reading books; it represents the elimination of ignorance from our generation.
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Five benefits of reading
- Enhances imagination
- Enhances communication skills
- Improves memory
- Provides inexpensive or free education
- Enhances knowledge
It’s never too late to start reaping all the benefits of reading. There are a ton of genres to choose from and a plethora of worlds to explore.
By simply taking twenty-five minutes to read every day, you’ll get through more books than you’ve ever imagined. It’s as simple as adding it to your to-do list to get started with reading multiple books this year.
If your desires are to become more spiritual, there’s a book for that, if you want to learn about stocks, there are numerous books for that as well. It matters not what your preferences are, the book will always be better than the movie.
Recommended books to read.