Do the kids and teenagers read nowadays?
December 2, 2006 4:27am CST
What do you think?I see how teenagers are becoming more and more preoccupied to play computer games,to listen to music,to do any other activities but no reading.Why?Is it so old-fashioned?I adore reading!What about you?What is your favourite book?What about your children? I'm waiting for your answers.Thanks in advance!
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16 Jan 07
I think children aged about 10-15 are reading more than the previous generation did 10-15 years ago. For a start there is the Harry Potter phenomenon. When the last book came out, pretty much every child had purchased a copy on the first day and was reading it. About 15 years ago it would have been unthinkable for an entire class of children to be eagerly reading a book - in those days, only a few of us book-worms read, and the rest listened to music. I think the internet has changed things too, because it is a text-based medium. Teens now surf online and are reading quantities of stuff - mostly articles, but they are reading and expanding their knowledge, esp with the advent of Wikipedia. Whereas 15 years ago, visual/picture- based media like movies and TV were king, and people got most of their information at the cinema - which was dangerous as Hollywood's version of history is always completely wrong. For example, in WW2, most of the breakthroughs in Europe came from the efforts of Brits, with help from Poles, Dutch, French and others, the American role was to provide the money and the Americans were focused mainly on the Pacific war. The capture of the enigma machine was done by the Royal Navy and the breaking of the Nazi codes was done by Brits and a collection of European exiles at Bletchley Park - but the American movies always pretend it was America that did all those things, indeed they pretend that the Europeans did nothing at all during the war except wait for Americans to rescue them! So I think the current situation is a big improvement, as people now get truer information about the world and history and less propaganda.
16 Jan 07
Well,maybe you have a wrong impression about reading.And this becomes because some teachers are telling their pupils:"You must read this!If not,you'll have a poor mark".I don't think that's the way that books should be introduced to teenagers.But try to read in your spare time, sth that you consider interesting and then the desire to read will be perceived as a hobby.That's my opinion,no offence.