I also feel that in our society, reading has become something that people do in their free time. If it is not required, most people feel that they can use that time to do better things. In addition to that, our world with the internet and all our high speed technology is moving much faster than it did in the past. People are becoming used to having everything made “instant”, and it is hard to fit the act of reading a book, word for word, into our high-speed world.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Why am I still Reading David Copperfield?
Before we left class this morning, the last topic we were discussing was why people spend much less time reading now than they did in the past. This topic interested me because over the winter break I had been asking myself a similar question. I have been reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens for the past five months, and I am not even half way through it. The book is really interesting, and I love it, but I find that I can spend hours watching Lost but can not dedicate that same amount of time to reading. I feel that our lives have become so busy that we cannot afford to give all our attention to one subject. When watching T.V., I could be washing dishes, and talking on my phone at the same time, and everything works out. However when reading, I need all my attention focused on one area, and with so much to do it is easier to do what is more convenient.