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It’s hard to find people in 2018 who are still enthusiastic about books, and I want to know why. Due to technology today, it’s easier to read books. All you need is a phone with built-in book apps and you can buy books, or find a lot of free ones, so shouldn’t there be more book lovers? There are so many genres to choose from and there are a huge range of options, but that’s not enough for most people. However, a lot of people find reading books to be a challenge; it is easier to watch the movie instead of reading the book, but by reading you get so much more details. I have looked in to some practical reasons as to why people don’t read, and that’s what I’m going to explain.
Not Enough Time
According to a group of youths, reading takes up a lot of time that they don’t have to spare. The pressures on the younger generation in today’s society means most of their time is spent studying. However, a solution to this would be to sit down for at least half an hour and just read a few pages at a time. No one is expecting you to complete a book in a day, it could take you a month. You can read short stories or even poems, it’s still reading.
It Costs Too Much
Some books can be very pricey, and not a lot of people have the luxury of being able to afford them. I understand this, however there are also ways to get around it. If you prefer reading books in person, you could go to your local library and take out a book for a couple of weeks. If you prefer reading on your phone, there are a bunch of free books you can download from the book store. There are also sites where you can sign up and get your first book free, and so on.
As I briefly mentioned earlier, a lot of people prefer to watch the adaption of the book instead of actually reading it. A lot of people prefer visuals instead of just words, and it takes up a lot less time. However, you don’t get the full amazing experience when you just watch the show/movie. Reading gives you backstory, details you didn’t know you needed, and a direct insight into the character's mind. It gives you more of the show/movie you love, so why wouldn’t you read it?
Overall, a lot of people just don’t find books interesting, but that’s because they haven’t given them a chance. They can’t expect to love the first book they ever read, they have to read a bunch of different ones and find the genre they love. Reading is really beneficial, they learn whilst jumping into someone else’s life. It can be used as a way to escape their own life for a little while, and they can find new characters to relate too.
To summarise, reading should no longer be pushed aside. Pick up a book today, and it could just change your life.