Is Reading Dead?

I’ve been talking to my friends and colleagues lately and it seems like not a lot of people read around me and one of them would spur out : Reading is dead. And of course, here I am, with all my bookworm power and all the book bloggers screaming in the background in unison :

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I personally think that Reading is not dead. In fact, I see more and more people sharing about books online and all the social platforms so my answer is this: you just have to look at the right place to find people who read. Which was my ultimate goal when I created mty first blog post. I wanted to find a community out there, who read books.

And with anything, trends tend to be a cycle and make a come back. How did society make books trendy again? Well, with the use of mass-media like Movie Adaptations from books and the phenomenon of #bookstagram which places the books at the center of a new aesthetics.

And I may be optimistic but I think people are more curious to read books now because they want to escape but also they want to learn new things. We can clearly see a rise in the non-fiction genre, and more and more people will look for self-help books, motivations and ways to get their lives together.

What do you guys think ? Do you think reading is dead?

22 comments

  • Hmm..I just thought it’s good to read? You’ll always end up learning something new whenever you read. And definitely, I am so proud of my reading hobby!❤

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  • I think that people usually prefer other forms of information like videos because it takes a lot of time to read a book and we are all so busy. But I feel like more people are trying to read more with the extra time on hand now? So no, reading is not dead.

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  • Your title gave me a heart attack!!!
    The closely I look, the more readers I see. Yes, video games, TV shows, and movies have stolen some people for good, and hours of our lives, but books are still firmly implanted and they better stay this way!

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  • I definitely disagree, I’ve seen so many more people joining the bookstagram community during these times! I think as long as there are creative people around with a flair for language, plus with the rise in recognition that graphic novels are actually books too, reading is far from dead.

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  • I think reading’s far from dead and I think the abundance of book blogs, forums and bookstagram accounts are proof of this.

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  • Being the daughter or a reader, the mom of two readers and a book blogger surrounded by bookworms…no! And I have many friends and family members who are avid readers!

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  • I know people who say they don’t read books any more… they are too distracted by social media and games now. But I’m hoping that they’ll get bored of these time wasters and realise that books are more rewarding!

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  • I definitely think that we run in circles in which it’s very obvious that reading is not, in fact, dead. However, I have so many friends who haven’t picked up a single book in years and don’t intend to do so either. Especially when there’s a movie or TV adaptation, they counteract with “I can just watch it now. Why would I even read it?”. So, I guess, to them, reading is dead and there are circles of people who just aren’t interested in anything written and that … okay? I don’t know, I think there’s always people like that and bookworms with mile-high TBRs and the people inbetween. I doubt reading could ever fully die, it’s all just in the way you look at it.

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  • Reading is definitely not dead, but a lot of people in my life haven’t read a book in years. I was actually gobsmacked when I caught my mum reading a novel a few months back haha. However, I still think reading is a growing trend and I think audiobooks have played a big part in that and while people may not be die-hard readers, I do think the vast majority of people are casual readers that’ll pick up a book or two in the course of the year.

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  • Hahaha I totally agree with you! I see a lot of people starting this hobby, especially at our age! But I also feel like the new generations are reading less, in particular, because it’s an easier distracton to turn on a phone or tablet !

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  • It is good to be optimistic, but let’s not be naïve – people read less now – when TV first appeared in homes reading was slashed by half at least and so it goes with every rise in technology – it is on the way to being dead. I mean, let’s all face this ultimate truth which will come one day – the rise in audio books is worrying – why read something – when you can listen to it? I mean, now listening is the new reading. So, year, in certain ways, traditional reading is dying and people are buying their books BECAUSE of their beautiful covers, what additional proof is needed?

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  • If anything I think reading is more alive than ever. Its far more accessible than ever before as we have books, ebooks, comics, audio books and podcasts that tell audio drama-style stories. Plus pretty much every new film or tv series these days is based off a book. People watch and then go to read what they’ve just watched.

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  • I definitely don’t think that reading is dead. My family and I love to read. And it is great to find a social platform to talk to other book lovers and books. Plus I love my local library that encourages reading and does events for young readers. Plus I’ve been to 3 of the LA Times Book Festivals and they are huge! There is so many people at these book festivals! It’s awesome! So wished to have gone last month but I’m glad they rescheduled the festival for October. I can’t wait!

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  • Reading has so many benefits, I won’t even start. Reading is not dead!! I think the most important thing we can do to stimulate our children’s minds and get them interested in books is read to them.

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  • Absolutely not. Personally, I don’t read as much as I used to because after a long day, I often don’t wanna use my brain anymore and find it easier to just sit in front of the TV instead of reading and I suspect that might also be the case for some other people as well. I really want to change that though and I’m hoping to get through all my books during quarantine.

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  • I hope reading won’t ever die because I love knowing new worlds and realms. one of my favorite if not my favorite is Barnes and Noble or BAM and with all the technology we have now it scares me to think one day these stores would close down I hope that day will never come.

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