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Post Reply Does these seem like the reasons as to why people don't read often?
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I used to hate reading as a kid because in school we were forced to read a bunch of books I wasn't interested in, but now that I can choose my own genres and titles I read every day.

I used to have problems with visualization, like a few of you have mentioned, until I started casting every character in my head like it was a hollywood movie. It helps me to picture a character's face and hear their voices in my head if I already have a good idea of what they look like. The key is to choose small time actors whose names you don't remember and not get hung up on the fact that their description in the book isn't EXACTLY perfect. I've even changed the ethnicity of some characters in my head just to match how I cast it. (Ex: The main character of Arena Mode is white, but I had him pictured as a light skinned black guy for whatever reason). I find a character's appearance has very little do with the actual story line most of the time so it doesn't hurt to miscast someone as a character they're not supposed to look like.


Yeah, I have serious trouble visualizing the story and characters yet I continue reading books. I prefer to write anyways.
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Let's not kid ourselves, the main reason many of us can't read books is because our attention span has become dangerously low with the use of the internet and social media.

When I was in middle school, I used to read book after book, becoming completely engrossed in these worlds. As I got to high school, I found it harder and harder to be able to sit and read, until I just gave up and haven't read a book since.

Very fucking sad, but I'll keep trying to get back into reading. It's an experience unlike any other. I remember how when I was entranced in a book it almost felt like a dream, and that's something movies and anime can't do for me.
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Let's not kid ourselves, the main reason many of us can't read books is because our attention span has become dangerously low with the use of the internet and social media.

When I was in middle school, I used to read book after book, becoming completely engrossed in these worlds. As I got to high school, I found it harder and harder to be able to sit and read, until I just gave up and haven't read a book since.

Very fucking sad, but I'll keep trying to get back into reading. It's an experience unlike any other. I remember how when I was entranced in a book it almost felt like a dream, and that's something movies and anime can't do for me.


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Posted 4/25/16
I can enjoy a good book but I'm not gonna put so much time and effort into reading a really long book that I might not even enjoy.
With a movie it's fine because I don't have to put in any effort if it's bad it's at least over soon. Reading takes a long time.
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I dont read books. I prefer video games and i prefer to watch stuff.
On top of that, i am far to easily distracted. I would need to be in a very very quiet environment to be able to read. Iam a day dreamer also.
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In school, I had considerable trouble with "assigned reading" because I almost never read any of them and just somehow was able to BS my way through. I really can't read anything if I'm not interested in it, that's why I love manga and light novels, especially titles where the anime didn't cover the entire story. For example, Kare Kano (His & Her Circumstances) the anime only covers up to the eighth volume of the manga but there are 21 volumes in total, so the story goes much further in the manga and actually has a pretty satisfying conclusion for the story. The same goes for light novels, which many times are the basis for both the anime and manga, so that will be the version of the story the author wanted to convey.

People can make time for anything they want to invest time in, but that's the thing, it's an investment of time and since time is limited you should invest it in things you enjoy. If you enjoy books, then read. If you enjoy visual media, watch movies and TV. Do whatever makes you happy!
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I tend to read several books a week and when I can't afford new books or can't get to the library, I'll re-read old material or just start reading anything I am able to get my hands on whether I'm interested in the material or not. I find it absolutely incredible that some people don't read and the idea I've seen on some interior decorating sites of using books to decorate but never actually reading them is mind boggling.

However, if I had to go by my younger cousins - they stopped reading anything except required material (and only read that after arguing about it) because they had a bad teacher who assigned lots of book reports without explaining how to write a book report or what she expected when they were first learning to read (around 2nd grade) and who gave nothing but negative feedback when the reports didn't meet her expectations. She also never assigned anything the kids were interested in and wouldn't let them choose any of the books to write reports on.

My teachers didn't expect book reports until 5th grade - and then they taught us how to write one, the format and what was expected, before they gave us a list of about 100 books and said we had to write reports on 10 of them. We got to choose books off the list that appealed to us, and we knew what the teacher expected when we wrote the reports.

I also think that the loss of bookstores being replaced by online services like Amazon has had something to do with the lack of reading. I find it difficult to find new material I want to read on Amazon because it only proposes stuff based on other things I already read. If I were to rely on Amazon, I'd never hear about new publications that I might be interested in simply because it limits the recommendations. When there were 2-3 bookstores at every mall, I could go in and browse and pick things up if they looked interesting and flip through to see if I'd want to buy it or if it was just another formula novel that just changed the names and places and would be boring to read.

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1) Some people don't have the time to sit down and read a good book. Truth be told, people have busy lives.

2) Some people see no point in reading a book because they might find it boring.

3) They only prefer to read for educational purposes.

4) Some people can't visualize when they read(like me)

5) Some people rather write a book than read one.

6) Some people have a learning disability or a physical one.

7) They haven't found the right book yet.


Good reasons. Most of them are listed above. Here's another.

8) Some people can't afford them
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KurdishSenpai wrote:

Let's not kid ourselves, the main reason many of us can't read books is because our attention span has become dangerously low with the use of the internet and social media.

When I was in middle school, I used to read book after book, becoming completely engrossed in these worlds. As I got to high school, I found it harder and harder to be able to sit and read, until I just gave up and haven't read a book since.

Very fucking sad, but I'll keep trying to get back into reading. It's an experience unlike any other. I remember how when I was entranced in a book it almost felt like a dream, and that's something movies and anime can't do for me.


I can understand the point you're making but I believe you're being a bit too cynical about the fact. It's really not so sad. Some may have a shortened attention span due to the overwhelming flux of information constantly circulating, however I think the experience of reading and watching/listening are merely two different sides of a spectrum.

I for one am a person who, by nature, seems to require more stimulation from a subject than the average Joe. I wouldn't say I have a short attention span, rather I need to be immersed in something to be motivated. I could read even if it was something I forced myself to do at first, but if I'm going to personally invest myself into it through my own will I have to be drawn in. With a book I find it harder for me to immerse myself, I don't have the ability to truly wrap myself around the words I'm seeing. Even when I create a clear picture in my mind there's always this thought in the back of my head that I am still sitting alone in a room reading silently. For me it's disengaging.

So please try to cheer up and change how you think of people. There are plenty of simpletons who merely scoff at reading or watching anime/reading manga but for me it ends up as a preference due to my disposition. Understand and let live

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dotsforlife wrote:
Good reasons. Most of them are listed above. Here's another.

8) Some people can't afford them


9) Tablet readers have replaced the portability of a heavy book, offer the ability to scroll the text bigger without reading glasses, and the ability to just delete the file after reading, without being stuck with some big hardback you have to sell to the used-book store to get credit for another one.
HOWEVER, even if your library has an online e-book service, they don't always have the e-book you want, and the industry is now focused on selling them to you at even bigger $29 prices.

(Another reason why the digital/streaming age is giving you new, more and better options to NOT get the entertainment you want... )
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I can understand the point you're making but I believe you're being a bit too cynical about the fact. It's really not so sad. Some may have a shortened attention span due to the overwhelming flux of information constantly circulating, however I think the experience of reading and watching/listening are merely two different sides of a spectrum.

I for one am a person who, by nature, seems to require more stimulation from a subject than the average Joe. I wouldn't say I have a short attention span, rather I need to be immersed in something to be motivated. I could read even if it was something I forced myself to do at first, but if I'm going to personally invest myself into it through my own will I have to be drawn in. With a book I find it harder for me to immerse myself, I don't have the ability to truly wrap myself around the words I'm seeing. Even when I create a clear picture in my mind there's always this thought in the back of my head that I am still sitting alone in a room reading silently. For me it's disengaging.

So please try to cheer up and change how you think of people. There are plenty of simpletons who merely scoff at reading or watching anime/reading manga but for me it ends up as a preference due to my disposition. Understand and let live



Lol it's not how I think of people, it's how I think of myself... I think you misunderstood me, I'm not looking down on anybody for not reading, I'm not the type to judge people. I was talking about how it's sad for me personally that I lost the ability. Not at all judging anybody, that's not how I role, live and let live, I agree with that whole heartedly.
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For me there are a few reasons why I don't read more:
1) Books are expensive, even moreso graphic novels.
2) Its really hard to tell what books I would enjoy. With video games, I can watch trailers, read reviews, impressions etc. There is a wealth of knowledge which explains where the game fits in the current ecosystem of games. With books, the most you have are the crappy summary on the back of the book (which always sound terrible) and a few reviews by people I don't trust, which often are highly contradictory.
3) Reading and writing often take up the same mindspace. There have been plenty of times where I picked up a book to read only to put it down and start writing a few minutes later.
4) I was completely turned off of books for multiple years by the required reading in High School...
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Some people just find it tedious.
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For me there are a few reasons why I don't read more:
1) Books are expensive, even moreso graphic novels.
2) Its really hard to tell what books I would enjoy. With video games, I can watch trailers, read reviews, impressions etc. There is a wealth of knowledge which explains where the game fits in the current ecosystem of games. With books, the most you have are the crappy summary on the back of the book (which always sound terrible) and a few reviews by people I don't trust, which often are highly contradictory.
3) Reading and writing often take up the same mindspace. There have been plenty of times where I picked up a book to read only to put it down and start writing a few minutes later.
4) I was completely turned off of books for multiple years by the required reading in High School...


The only time I have for reading is bedtime, and by that time, I'm too sleep-hammered to want to concentrate.
Audiobooks do fine for me--just ten to fifteen minutes on the sleep timer puts me right out--but because audiobooks are now even MORE expensive online than e-books, I've had to go to more free options.
(I used to have a program that converted free Audiobook CD's from the library to .M4B player files, but that was before Apple took the disk drive out of my computer. )

Librivox.org has free player-ready .M4B audiobook files of all the great public domain classics (Mark Twain, Jane Austen, etc.), read by volunteer readers, and they're better listening now when they're not required reading.
It's amazing just HOW snarky and soap-opera addictive Charles Dickens can be, when you don't have a Lit-class essay report hanging over your head in two weeks about it.
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Some just can't relax enough to take the time to read a book. Others have problems concentrating for the time it takes to read a book. Then there's those who find reading boring, those who literally have no reading time, those who got put off of reading, those with learning disabilities and those who have visual problems and haven't tried audio books.
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