English Honors 10
August 20, 2018
In the article, “Why Don’t Teens Read For Pleasure Like They Used To” published on KQED.org, author Jennifer Ludden informs us on the decline of reading for pleasure teens throughout the years. She includes data on the decline gathered by Common Sense Media. Within the past 30 years “The percent of 17-year-olds who never or hardly ever read tripled…” (paragraph 3). This generation of teens is nowhere near as attracted to reading as the prior generations. Technology also was presented to us within the past 30 years, and it is altering how we perceive the world. I believe that technology has its ups and downs, technology can help us stay attentive to all the events happening throughout the globe. I wish I could say that’s the only reason we use technology, but we use it to connect with our friends, watch videos, and just to waste hours online. “‘I don’t really read for pleasure,’ says Sydnor. ‘Generally I talk on the phone. Or I watch… shows…'” (paragraph 9). Of course, reading cannot be the only thing teens can do for pleasure, and unquestionably, technology is not either. Some teens may prefer to swim, play sports, draw, or clean for pleasure. A lot of kids may enjoy reading a book that they are interested in, it just isn’t their first choice when it comes to relaxing. Reading is not my first choice of relaxation, but, when I have to read a book for a school assignment and if I become invested in it, finding out what happens next is all I can think about. I do think that in the future, the percentage of teens reading for pleasure will incline. As of now I think that students should not be assigned books that they are not interested in. If students got to choose their own books they are far more likely to enjoy it, and will then enjoy reading.