10 Reviving the Art of Reading in the Internet Age - Fiza Pathan

posted Feb 20, 2019, 9:11 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 9:11 AM ]
Have you been coming across badly framed official letters and e-mails at the office; the inability of your young team of office workers to read the entire matter of an official document before making their 'ppts'; the short-term memory of your young twenty-something secretary; over-enthusiastic lawyers who haven't read the basic laws of their specialisation; twenty-something MA teachers who can't speak a single sentence in correct English? Well, there may be a simple reason for all this—that the youth of today, be it Millennials, Gen X or Gen Z have stopped reading books.

Most parents these days primarily focus on getting their children to read when they are toddlers, until they have learnt the basics of reading and writing. After that, most parents just forget about reading or providing books to cultivate their ward's ability to read better. They feel that teachers at school should fill in those gaps, or that the compulsory reading material in the school syllabus should tackle the latter part of their children's reading lives.

Young couples these days have great dreams for their children. They seem to be more ambitious than the teenager or young adult in question. But the question is, if a child hasn't read more than ten books in school and has only scanned through his reading material in college, how do you expect them to read and comprehend official documents, lengthy database files, tomes on law, grammar, doctoral theses, foreign exchange, economics, case studies, medical journals, et al? Let's face it, by not inculcating and nurturing the love of reading books in our homes, we are creating a generation of internet zombies.

But seriously, has the reading of books only declined now, post the emergence of 'tablets', smartphones, social networking sites and the internet?