Millennials and their rather strange relationship with reading
It is no secret that millennials don’t like to read. I mean, who does anymore, right? After all, reading is something that our grandparents did, because they had no Instagram or Facebook, so they were socially forced to sit down and become page-turners for the general amusement of the social masses: that’s a very accurate concept of what millennials think reading was for the generations passed.
The general concept that the lack of reading books would damage the English language and that it would make future generations slightly less clever couldn’t be further from the truth. According to the latest research, on average, a teen-ager from the 21th century reads ten times more than a teen from the 20th century. And this is all due to the fact that, with the ever-growing power of social media, there is more information now than there has ever been. We are, indeed, witnessing the evolution of the English language before our very eyes and may, however, not be realizing it.
In fact, a print edition of the Daily Telegraph has more information than what an average teen-ager would have learned in a month in the early 20th century. The real question we should be asking ourselves — and yes, including millennials — is the following: is what we read worth reading?
Is it worth reading?
Millennials tend to read gossip and light news — if any news at all — but have, however, stayed away from reading text books and literature. This has obviously decreased millennials’ interest in general important news, such as politics and other social issues; thus affecting the way we live and do things: there is a clear reduction in the number of young voters in the past 20 years, making the amount of people who vote older during each election in the USA.
The lack of interest for millennials on big and important topics has also affected business. Amazon reported last year that it now sells more ebooks than the amount of books (average) that were sold in bookstores in the early 21th century.
This is not to say, however, that people are reading more. The idea that an ebook is bought doesn’t necessarily mean that it is read. Most of the time, an ebook is read half way and then abandoned, which is in complete contrast to what happened in the 20th century, when a hard-cover-book was bought, read by the buyer, and then passed on from one person to another until a group of family members or even friends would read the same book and talk about it much like we now talk about big-time TV shows such as Game of Thrones, The Handmaid’s Tails and even Breaking Bad — notice how the first two TV shows I mentioned were converted from books to TV?
It seems that the more technology we have — in terms of social media — the less interested we are in the things that really matter for our society. In any case, the real argument of all of this is clear: millennials, read books. It is an important pillar for a free society and our democracy. Are you not convienced yet? I dare you to read 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley to understand for yourself.