Today on cnn.com and msnbc.com I noticed the same item about the abysmal reading habits of adult American based on a recent survey. I could start throwing out all sorts of comments about the (reading) habits of others but in the end each of us have to make our own choices including how we fill our time if not our minds.
So I’ll talk about me instead. I consider myself very lucky that I enjoy reading. My parents were not literati but for some reason they pushed my sister and I to enrich our minds thru reading. Among my earliest memories are newspapers, magazine and books. I don’ t think it was luck that I now read dozens of books a year. In my case there was also one major factor that helped me focus on books as soon as I was able to read – our family didn’t own a television until around the time I was in the second grade. I seriously doubt that type of environment occurs these days. (When my wife and I decided to cancel cable TV several years ago our reading pace picked up quite a bit, once again I don’t think it was a coincidence nor does it take a scientist to understand why)
Someone in the article complained about fiction, preferring instead to watch a movie than read a book. Their loss.