Worried About Your Teen’s Screen Time? How BookTok Hooks Teens on Reading

BookTok’s role in teen literary revival

Elaine Hilides
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower

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I’ve always been a big reader. As a child, I devoured as many books as possible, and I still remember the thrill of the weekly library visit. The joy of many books and hours of reading to look forward to.

My mum told me never to buy second-hand books because people read often when unwell and would cough and sneeze over the pages. It wasn’t until I felt a bit icky trying to source a copy of an out-of-print Simone de Beauvoir diary that I suddenly remembered our library books.

Slightly skewered logic? Didn’t people read library books when they were sick?

I realised that not everyone felt the same about reading as I did. Some children wanted to play. What? I did my best to persuade my friends to play school where we had reading time, but that didn’t work very often.

Clients tell me now how much time their offspring spend in front of a screen and how they aren’t interested in reading.

It might surprise you as much as it surprised me to find out where teenage literacy levels are getting help.

TikTok. Yes, you heard right, TikTok.

BookTok

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Elaine Hilides
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower

I can help you go from anxious to peaceful. Wellbeing coach for over a decade. Author, and International speaker, lives by the sea. elainehilides.com