That is about three times as many as in the s. Reading for pleasure, the report goes on to say, has been displaced by the rise of digital media since the s. Reading lies at the foundation of all literacies and, in an era of increased digital consumption, information overwhelm and fake news, these findings should have us all on alert. Neil Postman wrote the classic book, 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' in , but his thoughts on the consequences of the rise of television and the decline of reading are eerily relevant today:.
Reading for pleasure — a door to success
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Sitting down with a good book for pleasure is much different than sitting down to go over tax documents or reading a book that you are analyzing for a paper. Readers relax when they read for pleasure. They make a comfortable space and do all they cannot be interrupted while they devour tales of trips to far off places, unlikely romances, and conflicts for the heart of the world. It can be about historical figures that made a significant impact on society or events that changed the direction of society. Reading for pleasure does not have to be fiction! Reading for pleasure starts with the adults.
The Benefits of Reading For Pleasure
Aside from the sheer joy of exercising the imagination, research shows reading for pleasure improves literacy, social skills, health, and learning outcomes. It gives people access to culture and heritage and empowers them to become active citizens, who can contribute to economic and social development. The National Library Trust UK , defines reading for pleasure, also referred to as independent, leisure or recreational reading, as:. Reading we do of our own free will, anticipating the satisfaction we will get from the act of reading.
Children today read less frequently than any previous generation and enjoy reading less than young people did in the past, according to new research. It also found that fewer children enjoy reading, and that this dwindled with age: nearly twice as many five to eight-year-olds as 14 to year-olds said they took pleasure from reading. It [improving reading levels] needs full government backing, with as much money and effort as they put into compulsory phonics teaching, to support schools and communities in this. A third of children surveyed reported being unable to find things to read that interested them. World Book Day chief executive Cassie Chadderton said this activity can turn a reluctant reader into a child who reads for pleasure.