In high school, I was the kid who lived in the library. I was also the kid who loved silent reading time in class and the one who was disappointed when it was over. By junior year, the math and science teachers knew that I had a bad habit of pulling out a book in the middle of a lecture if/when I got bored. Needless to say, I loved reading more than life itself.
To this day I still hoard books in every available space, including, but not limited to, the floor. However, I have noticed something recently that profoundly disturbs me: I don't read anymore.
Me, not read? Everyone who knows me well enough knows that it's practically a blasphemous thing to say! I didn't even admit it to myself until now, but it's true. I do not read like I used to and do you want to know why? The internet.
Yes, I know that blaming the internet seems like a cop out, but I'm totally serious. This isn't just something that is affecting me alone, it's affecting everyone I know! Long gone are the days where we would sit around and read a book wherever we nerdy kids went. Now we have iPhones and tablets to occupy us whenever we decide to step out into the world. I swear that kids these days know how to unlock an iPad before they learn how to read!
How did the internet kill reading? Here's how:
So technically we ruined reading by allowing ourselves to be seduced by all that the internet promises, but who wants to blame themselves? Maybe from now on, we need to close up our laptops, put down our phones, and pick up a book (says the girl that's writing a blog post).