The internet and technology haven’t only impacted the way we read, but it has also created several distractions and alternatives to reading. We are still reading via technology (text messages, status updates, and articles) but there are ever-increasing distractions from choosing to spend our time reading a book or other activities that build reading comprehension and fluency.
I’m not saying there aren’t merits to technology but taking time to slow down and read a book offers more than enough benefits to make it worth the effort:
1. Creates an Active Mental Process
2. Improves Analytical Thinking
4. Provides a Glimpse into Other Cultures and Places of the World
5. Improves Concentration and Focus
6. Builds Self-Esteem by Increasing Intelligence
7. Improves Memory
8. Improves Self-Discipline
9. Improves Ability to Prioritize Goals
10. Reduces Stress
11. Provides an Escape from the Mundane
12. Provides Greater Tranquility
13. Improves Creativity
14. Improves Writing Skills
15. Provides New Topics of Conversation
16. Helps One Relate to a More Diverse Group of People
17. Reduces Boredom
18. Provides Information to Develop New Skills
19. Builds Expertise on a Subject
20. Helps One Make More Money by Improving Skills and Expertise
21. Allows Learning Anywhere at Anytime
22. Allows Learning at an Individual Pace
23. Provides Inexpensive Entertainment
24. Enhances Accuracy (less prone to mistakes with more knowledge)
25. Helps One Discover New Interests
26. Changes Lives by Providing New Perspectives and Attitudes
27. Helps Break Slumps
28. Promotes Self-Discovery
29. Promotes Language Development in English Language Learners (ELL)
30. Provides Escape from Digital Distractions
This list was compiled from these sources:
This weekend pick up a book and enjoy at least one of the many perks reading a book offers an individual!
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Statistics Tutor said
Reading is definitely inevitable and it is a challenge to get young people to sit down to read a book! However I feel reading online books are as good as traditional ones. If a person is interested in the latest technology let him/her use to to make the best out of it. Only if you have interest in something will you enjoy it. Nowadays students are so tech savvy that they want to do everything in the online space. So i guess it is okay if they use the internet to read! It serves the purpose anyway..
I agree that it is good that technology makes reading more accessible and that if people are only reading online its better than if they are not reading at all. But reading online is different from reading a book with no links, no bold text, and no sub-headings. Reading books requires one to read every word and get engrossed in a story. This not only is entertaining but also builds reading comprehension and fluency. If students actually read online books and not only articles and facebook updates than they would also be beneficial for reading.
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