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Is reading important?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (33719points) October 4th, 2010

I love to read. It’s one of my greatest passions. When I was young, it opened my mind to the wider world than the small town I lived in. It entertained me. It often kept me guessing what was going to happen on the next page.

As an adult, I don’t have to necessarily read to open my mind to the wider world, but I read a lot to open my mind to wider understanding of the world and how it works and the people in it. I also still read for entertainment, and I still like surprises.

I read a lot of what are called primary sources. For example, I have a thick two volume work with original pieces written about the adoption of the US Constitution, including the recorded debates in some of the state legislatures of the time. I’ve read a lot of Lincoln’s letters and speeches. Another of my favorites is Two Years Before the Mast, a nineteenth century account of life on a ship sailing from one coast to the other around Cape Horn.

Why do I spend so much time reading? It enriches me. It enlarges my understanding. I love to see how the writer weaves the words on the page. I like the occasional surprise.

If you read, why is it important to you?

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syz's avatar

Reading functions on so many levels for me. I use it for escapism, for education, for investigation, for support, for help, for answers, for questions, for history, for fun.

The characters in my favorite books are like friends, people that I look forward to (re)visiting. The series that I enjoy are sources of anticipation and excitement. The information on topics of interest fascinate me, and excite a search for further information.

I can’t imagine a life without books.

Blackberry's avatar

Yes. I read for the basic reason: to learn. I’m surprised by how many people don’t read books, not even fiction stories lol. I think some use the excuse that they watch ‘educational tv’, but this chick at work said the discovery channel stated humans were completely monogamous, and she believed it…..or she miscontrued the messgae, or she was just lying, so I think more people need to read an actual book.

mrentropy's avatar

Important? It’s fundamental!

Kayak8's avatar

^^^^^^What he said!!!!!!!!!!! Reading is as important to me as breathing . . . .

lloydbird's avatar

Yes, I love to spend time on my horse.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@lloydbird : Oh dear, what are we going to do with you?

Ultramarine_Ocean's avatar

Of course reading is important!
Your reading this response probably…..unless someone is reading it for you or something.
Reading is so important on so many different levels!
It expands your creativity and imagination.
It lets you know if something is toxic.
If your the religous type of person you can read your religions book thing. (if there is one)
I can probably go on but I won’t mainly because I’m to lazy too.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I love reading. It can provide so many things! It can be educational, provide an escape, be enticing, and sometimes all three at once! I read things just for fun (like my urban fantasy and paranormal romance books) and things just for education (like nursing books and things of that sort). Reading also helps keep out brains active, which is definitely a good thing.

aprilsimnel's avatar

I don’t know what would have become of me if I weren’t a reader from a very young age.

BratLady's avatar

Reading is a great way to broaden your knowledge and take you away from the everyday stress of life.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

It is beyond me to understand why anyone would think it isn’t…I tried to get at that in this question.

Trillian's avatar

I am completely unable to relate to people who don’t read. At the dinner table, me and the kids sit around with open books,or we used to… Now I eat standing up over the sink. ;-)
I cannot imagine not reading. I can’t not ask people about what they’re reading when I see someone reading, and discussing books with other bibliophiiles is one of my favorite things to do.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Trillian Seems we have yet another thing in common :)

YARNLADY's avatar

Depends on your goal. If you are going to be a mountain climber, you probably could get away without reading novels and dictionary, but it would be helpful to read articles about mountain climbing. It’s important to at least know how to read, so you can find information when you need it.

Trillian's avatar

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@Trillian : Are you feeling okay?

Trillian's avatar

@hawaii_jake Sorry, yes, just playing around a bit. Did you click the link?

Jabe73's avatar

I love reading too. Ever since I was in first grade I started reading large books (not kiddy books). This definately helped me with my grades throughout my school years. I still prefer a nice classic hard cover book over just surfing the net. The only thing is I’m not into fiction.

lovestolearn's avatar

For me, reading is a meditation, part of my daily spiritual practice.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Well, it’s important for some but not for others. I wouldn’t want to go without it, i love reading fiction novels as entertainment, it’s exciting. :) It also improves your vocabulary and grammar i think, should you fall a little short in those areas. And it develops your imagination i would think, and exercises it as well.

BoBo1946's avatar

Yes, if you read the right stuff!

augustlan's avatar

I don’t think I could live without reading.

mattbrowne's avatar

You are what you read.

cRazelyCrazed's avatar

In my opinion books are the most wondeful things created. Without reading life would be torture. No norishment for our brains, no way god couldnt even have send out the holy book, or just no way to become really smart. Without reading I would be lost alright. I think reading is most defintly IMPORTANT!

markylit's avatar

Yes. I haven’t done much reading of late but I used to read a lot while growing up. It refreshes the mind and keeps me well informed about a lot of things.

annewilliams5's avatar

I love to read. I love the way I can read a paragraph and interpret it one way and someone else can interpret it another. I love library books, the way they smell, the way they feel in my hand. I love the way a book can open my mind and help it grow, giving me more knowledge. I especially love the exercise my neurons get when they have to work to develop the colors, feelings, smells, textures, sights, sounds and tastes the written word gives up to it’s reader.
My future brain, the one that would be forever old, thanks those that write for keeping it alive.

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