Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Something strange has been happening lately: not many of my friends are reading books.
It has happened gradually, almost imperceptibly, but the number of my friends who are reading is on the decline.
Some of this may be my age. Now that I'm approaching my mid thirties, a lot of my friends are in baby zone and are using their rare spare time to sleep.
But a lot of people I know have switched to reading more articles, they binge watch Netflix in their free time, and even smart thinking people don't feel the need to be catching up with the latest hot novel.
I have been optimistic about books for a long time. And I don't see reason to change my tune.
But sometimes... I wonder. With tablets and electronics everywhere, with the Internet evermore at our fingertips... will people still read books like they used to? Will our attention spans survive?
I hope they will. I love movies, I love video games, I love television, but nothing can compare to the emotional depth of reading a book.
No movie can give us the last page of The Great Gatsby. No actual video game is as fun as
reading Ready Player One. The TV version of Game of Thrones is a lot of fun, but the longer it goes on the larger the books loom.
You know this. I know this. But are people going to keep reading?
What say you?
Art: A Favourite Author by Poul Friis Nybo