A few months ago Never Not Reading Posted asked if reading makes us better. Simply, is reading more valuable than say, watching TV. I thought this was a pretty interesting avenue to drive down so I thought I’d give it a whirl.
Do we think that people who read a lot are smarter? Better educated? Erudite?
Or are people who spend their time doing other things just as smart?
I can argue that reading words off a page is active…you are pushing your brain more because you are deciphering the letters and words and sentences to make sense of what’s in front of you. To read means that you are paying attention to not only reading the words but understanding the meaning.
Do you engage your brain the same way by watching TV? By listening to a podcast?
How do you describe readers? What words would you use?
How do you describe non readers? What words would you use?
Prepandemic, I read about 5 books a month. During pandemic we all know that my reading was off the charts. I read because I enjoy reading, but it was also one of the few outlets that I had to keep engaged. With the warmer weather and more things opening in New York, I definitely can see that I’m reading less- I only finished one book last week…But with all my reading, did I become “better” or was I just less bored? If I had watched TV that whole time instead of reading, would that have changed the person I am now? Would I be better or worse or would nothing change?
Ok- what are your thoughts on readers versus the rest of the world?
Never Not Reading is on hiatus right now, but if she does return to blogging I will supply her information.