UK Children Ditch Books for Facebook, Twitter
August 24, 2011 1:25 PM
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One in six UK children are failing to read even one book per month
The internet has undoubtedly changed the way many people live their lives by offering information and convenience at rapid speeds, and new studies prove that these lifestyle changes are becoming more ingrained than ever -- especially in those who were
born using it
For instance, Beloit College, which is located in Wisconsin, released its annual
yesterday to remind teachers that college freshman born in the early 1990's see the world in a different way. The list, which states that the Web is now older than incoming freshman, offers 75 references as to how these college freshman think. For example, they think of the internet retailer when hearing the word "Amazon" instead of the South American river. Other examples, which are likely attributed to a generation gap rather than the internet, are that incoming freshman do not even know what the OJ Simpson murder trial and subsequent acquittal was about.
"Hmm, I know there was some scandal about him," said Alex Keesey, 18, a freshman at Beloit College. "I think it was robbery or murder, maybe both."
Now, a new survey further proves how the internet has
changed the minds of those growing up with it
. The new poll shows that UK youngsters born in the age of the internet are reading websites like Facebook and Twitter more than they're reading books.
The survey, which was conducted by the British charity
National Literacy Trust
, consisted of 18,141 children from ages eight to 17. It found that one in six children are failing to read even one book per month.
Instead, UK children are
ditching literature for social networking websites
like Facebook and Twitter. According to the survey, the older end of the ages eight to 17 spectrum were significantly more likely to have not read a book in the past month than the younger children.
In response to these findings, Secretary for Education Michael Gove has proposed the challenge that all children at age 11 should read 50 books per year.
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8/24/2011 4:18:57 PM
I agree entirely, and part of my point is that the alternative activities I do in the time I don't spend reading may be an equal opportunity for inspiration, and that making the choice to not read does not change this. There are just things that I find more fun and more motivating than reading, I just don't understand why other people have an issue with that.
8/24/2011 4:31:15 PM
Well, I don't care if you like reading or not. Personally, I find it to be very enjoyable. To me, reading fiction or philosophy helps me grasp the complexities of human communication and expression. A great writer can express complex and abstract ideas in ways you may not have considered, which in turn, can give you the tools to do the same.
A teacher can teach you the rules of language, but it is up to the individual to temper his or her own style of communication or expression. A good way to do that is to expose yourself to as many writing styles as you can stand.
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