I love books. I love getting lost in a good story . . . meeting characters I can identify with . . . living out adventures I may never have in real life. It’s hard for me to imagine that not everyone enjoys books the way I do, and that book reading is on the decline.
While social media and internet surfing have us spending more overall time reading than we did 10 or 15 years ago, the reading is mostly shallow. As we hop from one post to the next, our brains are kept in a state of constant motion. Internet reading rarely draws the reader into deep, brain strengthening thought. Year-by-year, the average attention span of both adults and children is getting shorter (this scares me!); the lack of rich, thought-provoking reading is at least partly to blame.
If you’ve gotten out of the habit of reading books, consider these benefits:
I sometimes feel a little guilty for the time I spend reading fiction, so I was happy to learn that fiction reading has its own unique benefits . . .
If it’s been a while since you’ve picked up a book, I hope these benefits will have you browsing the shelves at your local library in the very near future.
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