Today there was an article in our local paper about reading books. The author used to read big books like Anna Karenina, but now has lost her attention for heavy reading.
She is addicted to online reading and finds that linearity is hard to maintain once she has jumped around the net for so long.
I started reading very young, and had access to adult books by the time I was 13.
That is when I read War and Peace, Cry the Beloved Country, The Egyptian, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Les Miserables.
Having no television to distract me was a plus, as books were free at the library, and through my Mom’s Book of the Month Club.
I carried on the habit of reading books and not letting the children watch television too much, but my girls were teens before they discovered romance novels that were read for pleasure.
My adult son still loves Harry Potter,and all science fiction, besides indulging in video games.
The book reading is the best antidote to running a soft ware business where he has to sit and look at the computer screen for 8 hours a day.
I feel sorry for the next generation that has no comfy little reading nook where they can get lost in the imagination of other people’s stories, rather the attention span is fractured with Tweets, e-mails, texting, and phoning.
I am happy to say that my grandson has to read a book before he can have the iPad to play a game. He also is pretty well grounded in doing puzzles, building Leggo forts, and running toy trains.
It is not so much that children now are addicted to their electronic toys, but that they have no patience to even settle long enough to read a long book.
The education to be had from reading historical novels, biographies and murder mysteries will never be equaled by being plugged in to virtual reality or video games.
I am a senior citizen now, and am astonished at the ignorance of the younger generation.
No one under 50 seems to know or care about World Wars, driving a stick shift car, or being able to do without a cell phone constantly begging for attention.
It is as if we live on a different planet.