Reading vs television or internet?

@bystander (2259)
Philippines
March 2, 2010 12:18am CST
The coming of television has dramatically affected the reading habit of many people. Instead of reading the news from newspapers and magazines, they'd rather watch the six o'clock or late evening report. In research, instead of poring over books in the library, they would rather call on Google to do the search for them. There is something really fascinating and fulfilling about reading, but it now seems lost. The written word is now digitized and the story presented in audio-video form. How about you, do you still read newspapers and books? Or you just rely on television for news and the Internet for more information?
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@dawnald (83889)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Mar 10
I still very much read books. I read the newspaper most days too. But I supplement what I get in the paper online. I rarely watch television news any more.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
i believe you do, dawnald. you even gave me the author of a little and wonderful book. while television does wonders in bringing on-the-spot news coverage, internet is fast catching up. thanks for the response, dawnald.
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@dawnald (83889)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Mar 10
You get much more detail on the internet too!
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
indeed, the expanse is broader on internet, dawnald. thanks...
• United States
2 Mar 10
Visuals don't always outsmart the book, If you want a good story read a book from the library. If you want a news article check out either the TV, Computer and magazine.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
that's practical, gogierm4ge. good reading is only possible through good books. news, as fresh as they can come, from television. and other info, from internet. thanks for the response.
@cream97 (29179)
• United States
2 Mar 10
Hi bystander. I do rely on the Internet for my news and weather reports. That is only because we don't have a T.V. present in our home right now. So, I will just see the news on Yahoo when I am logging in into my Yahoo email account. I do love reading books, I just have not found the right time to read it like I would want to.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
that's practical sourcing of information, using the internet. nearly all the information we need, in our work and in our life, is available in the world's biggest library. it also carries news, only seconds behind live coverages made by television networks. thanks for the response, cream, and i hope you can really find time with books.
@ip5217 (1656)
• Philippines
2 Mar 10
I am so guilty of this. I have been so dependent on the internet for the longest time. Seldom do I read books, I get the information I need in the worldwide web. One thing good though, I'm still practising my reading skill. (ehhehe) It's just that the materials that I might stumble on to may not be very reliable. Oh I don't have tv for two years now. That's one good accomplishment. At least, reading and writing are still practised religiously with my current set-up.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
you must be living a hip life, ip. internet is the in thing and the convenient library when it comes to information and there's no guilt in using what is being widely used. to try to do some good reading is praiseworthy. thank you for the response.
@summer77 (415)
• Philippines
2 Mar 10
Hi bystander! Maybe that is true people are listening or watching T.V. to get updated with the events happenings in the world, but I guess it is because people find it easier to watch it than read it and besides they have TV so maybe most people would prefer it than spending more money to read magazine or newspaper, especially in the developing countries. As for me, in our home we don't subscribe to any local news paper, we buy it when we want to or feel like buying. Television is our main medium to gather news 7 current events especially the oldies. And also, for me, I also use internet media by reading articles mostly in yahoo and also from the websites i registered where they feature news, blogs etc. I still read though, like what i said, I read articles from the internet, and also reader's Digest-my fave mag, and other books: novels, fiction or non fiction, and academic books. ^^
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
indeed, summer, television remains as the leading source of news, followed closely by the internet, with newspapers quite way behind. thanks for the response...
@EvrWonder (3580)
• Canada
4 Mar 10
There are some things that you just can not get from the internet or television. I enjoy reading the local newspaper, yes. I also rather enjoy the Western Gardener series as well. The information in the traditional books are priceless. Sure, one can find much valuable information via the internet but sometimes, I just rather consult a regular book. Other times, I do rely on the internet. Sometimes I use both. I seem to get tired fast when I read eBooks, online or even saved to my PC to read later. Not sure why. I almost want to print them out and then read them. Not sure why that is either. I have always liked to fall asleep by reading too. I enjoy reading, offline. Lately I have been reading magazines that contain some delicious recipes. There are times that I rather watch the news hour too but then when I go to read the newspaper the next morning, it suddenly doesn't contain any new news because I just seen all the stories on the television during the evenings news hour the night prior. I agree that T.V. has dramatically effected the habit of reading for many people. So has eBooks online. I have seen several established book stores close in the past couple of years which I attribute to the new digital era of online books. The internet could crash but we can still rely on our faithful hardcovers.
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
same here, evrwonder. almost always, i don't read ebooks at all, i print them and read them later. but you know, a good combination of books and the internet gives us a broader understanding of certain issues and subjects. sadly, however, the faster, easier and more convenient internet is driving a lot of bookstores to closing. i just hope this will not go on until there's no more bookstore where we can browse and buy books. thanks for the response.
@EvrWonder (3580)
• Canada
5 Mar 10
I think that there will always be at least one or two bookstores available. Hopefully. There are some big stores established whom I think have a faithful group of clientele. It is true that in conjunction with books, the internet as well does give us a broader understanding of many issues and subjects. There is some good in it but we must continue to support our local bookstores.
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
8 Mar 10
that's absolutely true, evrwonder.
• Bangladesh
29 Mar 10
Hey my friend, I'm fond of reading, watching TV and browsing internet. If you ask, "How"? Well, reading paper books don't require electricity, but the electronic books do. That's why I still continued the habit of books and newspaper. I watch uncommon entertaining and informational programmes on TV, I use internet only when I visit paying sites and to collect essential information. Have a nice day.
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
30 Mar 10
i like your style, my friend. it is practical. thanks for the response.
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• Bangladesh
30 Mar 10
Hey friend, Thank you very much for your friendly support. Have a nice day.
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
2 Mar 10
I am not so much into news, but i love my books. I will read as much and as long as possible. TATA.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
that's admirable. thank you for the response, saphrina.
@saphrina (31744)
• South Africa
3 Mar 10
My pleasure. TATA.
@eileenleyva (8529)
• Philippines
31 Mar 10
I am still reading the newspapers that they give out in McDonald's or Jollibee. But I also tune in to the radio early in the morning and watch the television news in the early evening. The children, however, are content to learn the current events from me and from the bits and pieces that they stumble upon while doing their homework. My time was hitting the library and the hunting for knowledge in the periodicals or the archives or whatever Dewey decimal tells me. My children's learning are totally different from mine. Their time is technology at its best. We all have our stories and our age. Let us be grateful for what we had.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
31 Mar 10
that's a wonderful way of getting information, eileenleyva. thanks for sharing...
@KrauseHome (28094)
• United States
12 Mar 10
From time to time you will find me reading a Good book, especially if it is something like the Bible. When it comes to Newspapers there needs to be something worth my interest to read it otherwise I will read about what is going on usually via the Internet or watch the News. I can say for the most part I continue to do a lot of my reading each day via the Internet more than anything else for what is going on around me in life.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
18 Mar 10
i think, that's the general trend now, krausehome. the internet is the fastest and broadest source of information, especially news. and with the pace our life is, nowadays, it is but natural to go to it for the quick information we need, including our daily dose of news. but sometimes, reading a good books is different. it gives a certain kind of pleasure and fulfillment internet is not capable of... like the holy book, better read in book form than in its digitized version... thanks for the response...
@tcup345 (360)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Yes, reading is becoming a lost art. I personally don't read the newspaper bacause by the time I get the paper, the news is old. In my family, though, reading is treasured, I love to read and I've taught my children and their children to love reading. As long as you have a book, you can't be lonely or bored. Books are far more entertaining than television, now I like tv, I watch it often but books are the better entertainment. They force me to use my imagination, I have to picture the charactor, I have to picture what they are doing and where they are. Tv and movies takes away that mental imagery, that to me, is boring.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
remember when we are being lulled to sleep by our mother or father reading a good book. but times have now changes, except for a few. thanks for the response, tcup.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
3 Mar 10
Hey bystander! I think that although I do love the Internet and television for getting my news and other information, I still love reading books and don't think that will ever change! I enjoy curling up at night with a good book to help me relax before going to sleep, or in my case trying to fall asleep since I have severe Insomnia! I will admit that I haven't read a newspaper in years, but on occasion will read a magazine while waiting to see the doctor or dentist!lol But, I still enjoy getting into a good book! When you read you can "get away" for awhile by getting into the story! I don't think that books will ever become obsolete no matter how much people love the Internet and television!
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
4 Mar 10
that's absolutely true, opal, and i fully agree with you. the pleasure you derive from reading a good book is even beyond words. and the peace you have while you are reading a book, is totally priceless. thanks for the response.
@derek_a (10905)
3 Mar 10
I find that in my life there is a time for using the Internet, usually during the day when I am working - because it is part of my work. Then there is time for reading, Usually late afternoon if I have finished my work and will just wind down for a while. Each evening though I crash out and watch TV. There are many people who tell me this is not good because it is like wasting time. But I don't care what people say. I enjoy just sitting there watching TV even if it is as mind-numbing as people claim. I read a daily newspaper each morning, but not all the way through as I don't like to read about misery and how the world is collapsing around us! _Derek
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
there's always time for everything, derek. and everyone of us sees to it how we spend and allot time for the things we want to do, need to do and need not to... thanks for the response...
@jterrock (277)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I am one who still reads books. The books that you hold in your hand. Not the books online. However, I wouldn't mind one of those Kindle's to read off of. They are pretty neat. I love going to the library! That won't change for me. It is nice a quiet, and I can just sit and explore all the different types of books that I want to read. I do research on the internet. And, I do watch the news. But, there is nothing like picking up a good book and curling up on the couch and reading!
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
indeed, jterrock, there's nothing like picking up a good book and curling up on the couch reading. thanks for the response.
• Canada
3 Mar 10
Hello bystander! I enjoy television and the internet but when I have time to myself I almost always head to the library to find a book. I love to stoll through the stacks and pick up books at random and in every section, both fiction and non-fiction. I prefer to pick up a book rather than read online and I can't get to sleep at night unless I spend time reading quietly. Reading books is how I escape and how I unwind.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
unwinding with a good book is notable, brynnesmom. and as you say, it is also very helpful in lulling us to sleep, while a blinking cursor in a bright monitor keeps our eyes wide open, even strains them... thanks for the response.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
3 Mar 10
I stopped reading the local newspaper because of it's leftist views. Now I watch TV/internet and bounce around channels/sites as I please. I rarely read books before, and that hasn't changed. I've just never had the patience to read books. Between TV and internet, I feel I'm more informed than I was when I was reading the local newspaper.
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
thanks for being candid about your information source preferences, hofferp. television and the internet are the most practical and convenient sources of information, nowadays. newspapers, particularly broadsheets, are difficult to carry around and cumbersome to read in public.
• China
2 Mar 10
Yes, television and internet bring great changes to people in reading habits. Before they were invented, the only way people acquiree information was through newspaper which was slow in updating. People had to wait till next day for the latest news. Television provided quicker and visual news. With the improvement of living standard, people began to possess family televisions. But still, internet is beyond comparison in the speed of providing news. What happenes this moment can readily be consulted online the next minute, and more and more people prefer to resort to internet for the latest information, especially people who are busy and cannot spare much time to read newspapers.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
that's quite true, chenxiaoyue. in our list of information sources, internet, obviously ranks no. 1. when it comes to visual entertainment, it's the television. and because of the unusual pace in our lives today, many people could hardly find time to enjoy a good book, even if they want to. thanks for the response.
@myzire72 (1157)
• Singapore
2 Mar 10
I don't really watch much TV. The only times when I watch TV is during news telecast. Other than that, I would either read a book or surf the Internet. I think that's a better use of my time.
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
with internet, the influence and use of television has somehow been dramatically reduced as most people only go in front of their television sets during newscasts. in children too, the internet has invaded the comic-and-toon programs with online gaming and other interesting sites, specifically those for children. still, there is much to be desired in book reading. time was, it was tops when it comes to information source and leisure learning.
• Philippines
2 Mar 10
I still read newspapers for information, but that much anymore. think I am starting to rely on internet or watching TV because in an way, they are summarized and sometimes more detailed
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
that's usually the offshoot of the new pacing we have in our lives and careers. we hardly have time to enjoy reading anymore. television and internet have invaded our preferences in learning about what's happening around us -- news -- and in knowing what we don't know -- internet, the biggest library.
• Philippines
2 Mar 10
I am guilty over reading news over the internet or watching TV to be updated, but I still do read for entertainment purposes and relaxation. I am still fond of buying tons of books and make sure I get a new book to read after finishing one.
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@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
3 Mar 10
that's commendable, kleineanne. we are not in an age where the internet is the most convenient source of information, whether for our daily requirements or for research on a particular subject or topic. but, you know, nothing can replace books in magazines when it comes to relaxed and leisurely reading.