Saturday, March 16, 2013

Has the Digital Age Spoiled My Love of Reading Books?

I think the last book that I finished from front to back was the Hunger Games sometime last year. I have since tried to read several books including Catching Fire and 50 Shades of Gray. Both books are supposed to be great. I got through half of Catching Fire and then it sat. For months it sat on my nightstand until it started to collect dust. I could not bring myself to read it. About a month ago I started reading 50 Shades of Gray. The same thing has happened. I am about half way through the book. Again, the book is just sitting. I look at it every night but can't bring myself to pick it up to read it.

A couple of years back I received a kindle from my Mom for Christmas. I was thrilled. I think I have read one book on it. I quickly found that I prefer to hold a book when I read. At first I thought that this could be an entirely new post but then I began to ponder what is it about books that can no longer hold my attention?

Regardless of format, I find myself distracted. My mind starts to wonder. I start to think of my to-do list. Worse yet, I find that I start to think about how I need to be doing something. And that something tends to be hoping on my phone to play words with friends, converse with others on twitter, respond to emails, text, check instagram....
I started to wonder if I am alone in my hypothesis that my iPhone and the access to internet at any given time is changing my love of reading books.

I of course turned to my trusty friend, google search, and tried to find a study or noteworthy article that discusses my hypothesis. I was unsuccessful. I did however find a plethora of articles and ideas being exchanged about the slow death of the hardcover book as people are reading more digital books. I knew this but still found it a fascinating read.

Due to the cost of a hardcover book, the argument of the sustainability of books, and the ease of instant gratification by downloading a book whenever you want, my preferred method of reading will at some point no longer be an option. Will I quit reading all together? What will the world be like without hardcover books?

I can't help but wonder if the digital age, smartphones, and our love of the internet is also an argument for the hardcover book extinction conversation.

What do you think?

I think I need to start learning how to read on my kindle. 

3 thoughts:

Alex Meyer said...

I've found that making reading a priority only happens if I slate some time at night to NOT touch my phone, and just focus on the book. I can spend hours on my phone wasting time. I just have to be concious.

I will say, I know that my old love for magazine reading has gotten replaced by blog reading. I used to read tons, cover to cover. After I got into the blogging world they just collected dust as they arrived. I simply don't have time to read them now that I read blogs. But content-wise, they're similar. Plus, I get to comment on them and have convos with people - which is almost more fun!

Gina Phillips {Hiya Luv} said...

That is such a great point! I find myself doing the same thing with magazines! What reader do you use for blogs?

Alex Meyer said...

I used to use Google Reader, but with it shutting down and all I've switched to Feedly. So far I like it!

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