do you think reading books become old fashihoned now?

India
June 16, 2010 12:26pm CST
Now this is generation of computer and net surfing so it becomes very rare to read books whether its a story book or related with any other matter. Now computer and Television have taken the place of books and so that people are not spending times in reading books as they are getting entertainment from other sources. Now people can directly interact with others directly through telephones computers, so as much as the communication system is improving people are going far from reading books as their they are feeling no need to read books for knowing about other countries and their culture. But whether books really have less compatibility than our improved sources and whether it has really failed to increase our knowledge in this modern generation?
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@zralte (4186)
• India
16 Jun 10
For me, reading books would never be old fashioned. May be because I am old fashioned. I read a book whenever I can. Though I haven't got much chance these days of having a lazy day with a book, I still do it once in a blue moon. I love the fact that I can just lie down with a book and forget anything else existed. I can't really do that with the computer. I have to sit up and use my hands to scroll through and there is always something that I see relating to work. So it's hard to get completely relaxed. With a book, I can relax completely.
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• India
16 Jun 10
but dont you think that we very rarely read books , u tell me how much we gain knowledge from there and how much we get interested in gaining knowledge from books and in a week how much we use to read books than we seat in front of tv and computers? If we compare this present time with the past then we can see that we never been serous in this. How many people take seriously and how many people even turn over papers of books which the have put in their library? Maximum people never even as a time pass enjoyment also rather to seat in front of tv or anything else. Do we have that much time to spends hours in reading books? Well it is now a big question to us.
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@oldchem1 (8144)
16 Jun 10
Well I still manage to get through several books a week, I couldn't function without a good read!!
• Malaysia
16 Jun 10
no, i don't think so.. i still maintain my personal library at home...and i still love reading books technology has given us too much 'convenience' until it has become sort of an 'inconvenience' at times. remember the time when there were no cell phones and we only had our home & office phones.. if we wanted to make a call when outside, we need to seek out a pay phone. it really made us appreciate communicating with people, and it also brought patience. i think that now it really is ridiculous that if we don't answer our cell phones, the caller gets angry. i mean, what happened to privacy and our own time? i still find books very comforting when i read...i can get lost in my own imagination, and there will be no one chasing after me for something trivial..
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@debsgw (256)
18 Jun 10
I adore books too, I don't keep a massive personal library at home, tend to swap many books at the market or special bookshops - I just keep those I enjoyed enough to read again sometime. There's definitely something extra special about being able to curl up with a good book in your hand though, I find it much more relaxing to do that than to sit at the computer reading from the screen but maybe it's just an old comforting habit? I love my computer and use it many hours each day, but for me enjoyable novel reading means curling up with that book :)
• Malaysia
18 Jun 10
yup i tried curling up with my computer, but it's just not the same... hehe..
@Hmouse20 (132)
16 Jun 10
I agree that there is a major problem with "over-cyberizing" everything these days... but NOTHING can beat a real book. There is something sacred about a book. The quest for understanding, or escapism or adventure... the way they age, the way they look on a shelf, or how they make fantastic gifts for others. I just think that we are getting carried away somehow by this cyber universe which afterall, most people know very little about. We know how to use it, but not really anything about its components or functioning etc. So BOOKS=Good! (P.s. i'm not saying Ban Computers or the Internet, because they are incredible resources also... i just think that they should not be threatening the value of books!)
@sagar21 (1583)
• India
16 Jun 10
what..I don't think so..but can't completely disagree... books are valuable...and can preserve information for many years... but digital data...they are prone to damage....like for example EMP's can destroy computers... another negative aspect of books is the destruction of trees...by using digital data we can prevent...it.. personally I've a good collection of books..... I love books...they're my dearest friends... thanks for starting the discussion... have a great day/night......
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@mrcol1010 (209)
• United States
16 Jun 10
Like most of the people above me are saying, reading books will never go out of fashion. Millions of books are being sold at stores around the world, so what does that say? And if many people are like me, then they are reading while on the computer, browsing through the internet. Like right now im in the middle of a book called Debt of Honor, by Tom Clancy ( i highly recommend this book to all adult readers)
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@oldchem1 (8144)
16 Jun 10
I don't think that anything will be able to take away the magic there is in physically reading a 'real' book!! To be able to curl up on a sofa on a cold winter's night, or to sit out in the sun in the summer and to get lost in the pages of a book is priceless. With a book you can forget your problems and be transported to anywhere in the world - or even beyond it!! You can meet dozens of interesting characters - fall in love with them, laugh with them , despise them ! No reading will never go
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• United States
16 Jun 10
I don't think that books are becoming old-fashioned. My entire family consists of avid readers. We all have favorite books that line our bookshelves, and we also exchange and trade books with each other quite often. When one of us reads something that he or she thinks someone else will enjoy, we pass it along. Many books never have one home, because they get passed along so quickly. Also, it is really important to read to babies and young children. They are far too young to be interested in computers, so books are the natural choice. Besides, the pictures and interactive books can't really be duplicated on the computer the same way that they are in print. For this reason alone, I do not think that books will ever become old-fashioned ... or at least I sincerely hope that they won't.
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@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
16 Jun 10
I hate to see books go. I would rather read real books than ebooks. Some things are better read from the internet though. Books may be obsolete in the future. But NOT for now, at least. Whatever it is I don't see how reading would be replaced. Reading would probably be replaced by a different approach. But it remains as the cradle through which knowledge is born.
@justg26 (17)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Reading books will never become old fashioned. Although many people, especially the young ones opt to browse the internet rather than lifting pages in a book, for me nothing beats reading the book because it still is more convenient. For one, you need not to plug something just to be able to read. and sometimes, what we read in the internet are not true. And there is nothing more intoxicating than the smell of each leaf of a book. its quite an experience. =)
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• United States
16 Jun 10
Never. Reading books will always be in fashion. My friends and family read a lot of books, and we read all different kinds of books. I have a small library in my home, and I like to read books from my small library, and a lot of people who come to my house love it. I said to myself several years ago when I went to one of my cousin's houses that I wanted my own library because I had seen their library, and so I just decided that I wanted one of my own, and I began building one. It is not much at the moment, but it is a start. I read whenever I get the chance. I think that people should read, and that they should have small libraries in their homes. Also, books really aren't that hard to get or buy. Some college departments are always giving away free books. Some places donate them, and you can always go to your local bookstores and buy books. Sometimes, the libraries sell books they do not want anymore. I can't tell you how many books I have bought from many of my college libraries. You just have to know where to look. Also, I was born in Pasadena, CA, and most people know that Pasadena is one of the most literate cities in the U.S. There are libraries and bookstores just about everywhere in Pasadena. There is a lot of culture in that city.
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
23 Jun 10
Hi Manasi1327!. I never think the book become old fashion. Reading a book having they own thrill than movie or television. Book can help you to develop your imagination make thay grey cell more active as well. If reading a book become old fashion, I think all book store will close. In fact every year new book store will come out, its mean its still trendy fashion .
@emdyey09 (264)
• Philippines
19 Jun 10
I love books!!! I love reading and I don't think it is becoming old fashioned. In fact, I will be teaching my kids to spend more time reading books than spending it infront of a PC. This is the attitude I want to impart and teach the new generation. That is why I am encouraging everyone to be a teacher to the young ones and instill to them the importance of reading. Internet surfing and internet research may be convenient but the knowledge and the experience of turning the pages of a book will never be old-fashioned. There will be new technology but books will never be out of style. In fact, you can always carry a book in a deserted island and you won't have a trouble finishing it even without electricity. Now try that with an ebook. I'm sure before you even finish it, your batteries had drained out. We should encourage the younger generation to appreciate books. A good book is your bestfriend at the most boring time. Remember that.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
18 Jun 10
No, I don't. My room is nearly filled with books, and I am constantly looking for more to read.
• United States
17 Jun 10
Definitely not. We need a way to relax and yet stimulate our brains. I do it at night before bed and I sleep like a log. I think the older ways of doing things are by far the better.
@ElicBxn (60762)
• United States
17 Jun 10
I don't see reading books going totally out of fashion. At least until all the novels are online... I know I still read, not as much as I used to, but... I read! And, I listen to audio books in the car.
• China
17 Jun 10
Well i believe nothing can take place of anything. All take place there own. So TV or Computer never can take place of books. The people who love to read a book they will continue. And it's not old fashion it's a fashion what will be exist for forever.
@derek_a (10902)
17 Jun 10
I don't think that book-reading has become old-fashioned and I myself still read many books. I find that it is a much more relaxing way of gaining knowledge or simply being entertained with some good stories where one can sit down or lie down and just relax and read the words. _Derek
@agrant10 (1446)
• United States
17 Jun 10
Well, I feel that reading books will never go out of style. You will always find people who want to read and folks who love to read. Whether it is a book or an eBook. It seems that people are caught up with the computer age. Many are still reading but they are graviting toward ebooks.
• Philippines
17 Jun 10
i still like reading than other past times or hobbies. it still makes you more intelligent and sharp. it is a brain food for me. i still collect books.
@llbo1981 (1242)
• China
17 Jun 10
Reading books become old fashioned never,i think.Today,so many people reading books,although many books are on internet.I think the books on internet and books in bookstore are the same.No matter books are on which medium,they never old fashioned.