Why Read?

Is reading important? Most would say, yes, reading is very important. Well, then why don’t we willingly read every day? I recently read an article titled “In the time you spend on social media each year, you could read 200 book.” I thought to myself, could this be true? The average American spends 608 hours on social media and 1642 hours on TV on per year! That sounds to me like time wasted. Realizing how much time I (the average American) am wasting on pointless things like social media and TV, makes me want be change. I want to be effective in progressing and expanding my knowledge. The best way I can expand my knowledge is by replacing wasted or free time with the opportunity to read a book. Somebody once asked Warren Buffet about his secret to success. Buffet pointed to a stack of book and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will…” You might think, 500 pages per day, now way can I do that! Doing the math helps put things into perspective. I learned that the average American reads 200–400 words per minute, so if you spend 417 hours per year you can have read 200 book per year. The 417 hours reading books compared to the 608 spent on social media or 1642 on TV is very small. From what I learned, I am inclined to give up my wasted time and do myself a favor by reading more books.

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