Rediscovering The Lost Art Of Reading: Bridging The Gap Between Books And Technology


(MENAFN- Tribal News Network) In my childhood, I often heard that books and humans were the best companions. However, in this modern age, as people grow closer to technology, their connection with books weakens. As a result, books are increasingly confined to libraries and the homes of a few hobbyists. In the past, households were filled with bookshelves brimming with literary treasures. Nowadays, only a few books are seen in cupboards, often kept merely for show.

At university literature festivals or events, book stalls are set up, but they attract only a handful of visitors. Today's youth prefers online study over library visits, leading to a decline in traditional reading habits. The Internet and social media have significantly affected conventional learning methods. Reflecting on my experience, I find that reading a physical book helps retain lessons better than digital memorization. There is a stark contrast between learning from a book in hand and studying digitally.

Reading books is a hobby that protects one from futile pastimes and plays a crucial role in resolving psychological issues. World Literacy Day, celebrated on April 23 every year, aims to foster a love for literacy and educate the youth about its importance. However, many young people claim they lack the time to read books, yet they forget the countless hours wasted on the internet and mobile phones. They seldom ask themselves what they have truly learned from such extensive screen time.

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Undoubtedly, books were the primary source of knowledge before the internet era. They have dispelled ignorance and propelled the world's progress. The most advanced and busiest countries still maintain their relationship with books. Book lovers continue to exist, but their numbers are dwindling with the increasing use of the internet.

Books remain humanity's best friend, whether during travel, solitude, or the pursuit of knowledge. They enhance our understanding and help pass the time meaningfully. So, why has there been a growing distance from books?

Sumaira, a 25-year-old from Peshawar, shared her perspective with TNN, highlighting the difference between the past and present generations: "Today's people lack the courage to delve deeply into books. At my university, we mostly use PowerPoint slides, which are easy to carry and memorize. We live in the age of the internet, and everyone has a mobile phone providing all the information we need."

Kainat, a 50-year-old from Peshawar, reminisced about the joy of reading in her time: "In our college library, there was always a rush due to assignments. Without the internet, we relied on the library's vast collection of books. The internet now offers electronic books, but traditional books hold the treasures of culture, civilization, knowledge, and history, connecting us to centuries-old traditions."

In conclusion, while innovation and the internet have introduced e-books, traditional books should still be read to preserve book culture. Balancing digital advancements with the timeless habit of reading physical books can enrich our lives and maintain our connection to history and knowledge.

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