Do you prefer to read for fun or to learn something?

July 29, 2008 5:23pm CST
As I've got older I read less and less for fun and read more to learn. Stories just don't seem to interest me anymore. I read lots of in-depth non-fiction about society, politics and the behaviour of people. I just wondered if anyone else has experienced this change as they got older and whether you read purely for fun, or to learn? (Hopefully, both!) :)
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@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
29 Jul 08
Put me down for both. There are books I read just for pure enjoyment and books I read to learn things. Sometimes I do both in the same book. If it's a subject that interests me, I have fun reading the book while I'm learning from it.
30 Jul 08
Definitely! There's something incredibly satisfying about reading a book, coming out the other side having learned something, but having enjoyed the read too!
• United States
29 Jul 08
Welcome, literate newbie. You'll find a lot of great people on myLot. I was tempted to give a one-word answer: YES! I read for pleasure, for information, and for curiosity. I have a little less patience than I used to with totally absurd fiction, but so much that was once considered impossible has come true, maybe I shouldn't avoid that, either. I think yo'll find, as I have, that you sort of go through stages, and one or another genre becomes more interesting or less. I also get hooked on particular authors and feel compelled to read everything they ever wrote. Keep that mind free, dear. It's the only way to live!!
29 Jul 08
I can definitely see what you mean about going through stages. I was hooked on Michael Crichton for ages! And don't worry, the mind will remain free! :) Thanks for the response!
• India
31 Jul 08
I read for fun as wella sfor learning the things.I feel we require both types of things.It depends on the group in which you are.You should not be introvert knowing about only one thing.Suppose you are sitting in a group and this group belongs to the people who want to discuss serious affairs like politics,society,environment then ypou should know it and in other groups also you should know what they are talking about. So i feel we should read all good things which can make us comfortable in all the groups and all the places.
• Finland
30 Jul 08
I've always read just for fun and I think I always will. I read something informational only when I'm in need of that information...
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
ohh.. yha! ur ryt.. me as I getting older and coming to a teen age life I have a bit lazy to learn in reading Its just I want to learn but in a fun way
• Philippines
30 Jul 08
I think they're tied to each other. Even when I read supposedly for fun, I learn things from that. And when I read to learn, supposedly, I find it hard to continue unless I'm having fun doing so, that is, that I'm interested in the subject. So I guess... Both!
@ruby222 (4848)
30 Jul 08
I am the opposite here,and the older I have got the more so I want to read for fun and nothing serious comes home from the library in my shopping bag lol, but thats just me,there are many like yourself who love to read to find new things to learn from.Im just being a little lazy in my maturity and lol trying to take it all a little bit easier.
@idowrite72 (2214)
• United States
30 Jul 08
As I've gotten older it hasn't changed. I still read for fun. I want to be entertained when I read.
• United States
30 Jul 08
In general, I read for fun - but if I can learn something along the way, that's a great bonus. I enjoy a great many type of books. If you're looking for something fun to read that can also be very enlightening, Steve Berry writes books that are thrillers but are also fairly educational - along the lines of Angels and Demons or The DaVinci Code - but with a wider scope.
@Wolfechu (1193)
• United States
30 Jul 08
Given the amount of scifi I read, I'd like to say both. Personally, I'd say if you don't learn something from a story, it's not a story worth reading.
• United States
29 Jul 08
As I've gotten older I've found that I am a little more interested in reading to learn, but at the same time I enjoy reading for fun just as much. Every once in awhile it's interesting to read a book where I learn something that I have not known before. But it's got to be a topic that I enjoy because a lot of non-fiction can tend to be very boring. I think doing a little reading in both categories is the best!
• United States
29 Jul 08
I read for both for fun and for education. Thankfully, the two aren't mutually exclusive; quite a few books manage to be both educational and fun. That, and I love learning-- which would explain the number of years I've spent in the higher education system.
29 Jul 08
I like to read to learn and also to know whats is going around me in life , around the world, in the prived life of famous people. Also I read to learn , i read books of great philosophers or simply books of culture generale. I looove read Girls Magazines
• United States
29 Jul 08
I am 30 years old and I enjoy both...but if I really had to choose I would have to choose reading for fun.
@ishralene09 (2260)
• Philippines
29 Jul 08
I read to learn and to have fun. It's hard to read to just learn, and to just have fun. It's good to know that you're getting the best of both worlds. I usually read technical books about programming and some satirical books. I also like to read those of fiction but depicts the society of the past and of today.
• United States
29 Jul 08
Yes, i have experienced this change. In my youth ( elementary) years, i enjoyed science fiction novels,adventure,mystery. Today,15 years later, i still read harry potter but other than that i only read to learn seeing that the only time i get to read is during my job or research