The Reading Habit
‘Stop Procrastination’, ‘Spend more time with family’, ‘Read more’…..Do they seem familiar? Guess it can be found in your to-do list. One of the most common goals globally, ‘Read more’ indicates that people are spending lesser amount of time to read.
While browsing the internet on the reading habits of people, I happened to bump into various surveys on why the reading habit has gone down the hill. It blamed the internet and television for taking people away from books. It talked about children getting addicted to the ‘idiot box’.
Analyzing the situation, some sociologists are not that critical about the advent of IT in human life. They feel voracious readers would still remain loyal to books and that internet cannot take away their faithfulness is the claim. Internet and TV seems to have influenced more of the ‘how to time-pass’ people rather than intense readers. But it definitely seems to have taken a toll on the habits of children as they are exposed more to the internet and TV than books.
Somerset Maugham describes reading as one of the best ways to enter a new world. Here are a few tips to improve your reading habit:
- Carry a book always with you- It ensures that whenever you have free time, you can devote it towards reading.
- Keep aside a little time to read- Make sure that you assign a specific time to read every day. From my experience, the best time is when you call it a day and get into bed.
- Choose a quiet spot- Losing yourself in what you read can keep you going back for more. So look for a quiet place or time to read. That’s why bedtime is a good idea.
- Stock more than you can read – It’s always a good idea to have more books with you in your personal library than you can manage to read at a time. If buying books is your game then keep buying and if you are borrowing from a lending library then borrow more than two at a time. The more books you have the more you read or atleast plan to read.
Reading can be fun and sometimes more than just fun if cultivated as a habit rather an incurable obsession. It is indeed a magical world, places to see, people to meet and needless to say enthralling experiences to encounter.
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