Disclaimer: The first few paras of this article is written without googling a single word, that’s right! Without googling a single word, a rarity for
The first thing which comes to mind about the topic “Reading: A dying trend” is surprisingly a question mark. Is it actually true? For an avid reader this does come as a surprise.
The term google was intentionally used. The most probable reason one can think of, for the dying reading habit is the short attention span, thanks to the variety of assorted information that is available on the internet. On most occasions while we search for information on web we are willing to trade accuracy and fun of reading to speed, the faster the rate of information consumption the happier we are.
The non-reader has other attractions as well; the visually appealing videos on YouTube and vimeo can always be preferred over a research article.
The voracious reader might be frustrated with the massive information the web has to offer, separating the genuine from non-genuine might be a task in itself. I’ve had a personal experience myself regarding information overload. Case in point, the pulse app from android store, the app aggregates articles from various magazines and newspaper. The user can pick and choose between the various selection of newspaper and magazines. The reader in me wanted to read as many articles from as many magazines as possible. End result, I hardly read anything at all. The same applies while browsing, with lakhs of result for each page; usually the first site is preferred. Further the concise information (google knowledge graph) which google offers reduces this as well.
Technology per se might have long term implication as well. Audience around the globe are amazed when a young toddler proficiently manoeuvres an Ipad, the video goes viral and everyone is in awe. Shouldn’t it also be an alarming fact that the toddler has taken up to video games and technology rather than books and playing outdoors? Many parents today rely on video games and television to get there children to sleep, rather than bed time stories. Reading is a cultivated habit, no one comes embedded with this habit, and this could be a structural issue for audience of tomorrow: not wanting to do anything with books or reading.
Writing is not always a profitably profession, it’s an extremely profitable profession for few, but extremely cruel on others. Lack of authors in local language is of genuine concern for many states across India, this could be the case elsewhere in the globe as well.
Well well !! The short attention span has had the better of me. I’m compelled by some unknown force to check what the web has to say about the reading habits around the world. To my utter surprise there is not much alarm around the dying reading habit. Infact one infographic made me really happy. Indians are top of the list on reading hours with 10 hrs of reading time every week.
Well while there are some blogs and authors who have put up some material on the dying reading habit there is not much alarm. For any phenomenon to gain significant progress and become a mainstream culture there has to be a tipping point. The culture in this case is bibliophobia. While technology might have its cons the ebooks flying of the shelf’s like Amazon kindle is the example of its pros. Technology might also be a propeller for many to become book lovers.
Personally I think the reading habit has not taken a significant downturn, while many see a blip in the downward direction and assume the tide has arrived it’s not always the case. The sea is calm and it’s giving you the perfect setting to read your book. Continue reading and enjoy your book!