THE IMPORTANCE OF READING
THE IMPORTANCE OF READING
I am deeply worried by this generation of youths that detest reading. Instead, they spend more of their time in watching television, playing with their phones and playing computer games. Little wonder it was said that if you want to hide anything from the black, put it in a book. What then is reading?
Reading is a multifaceted process which involves one’s ability to recognize words, comprehension, and fluency and motivation. It involves one’s ability to make meanings out of printed materials. Reading has more to do with books. In the words of Charles W. Elio “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends, they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers”. The place of reading in the development of a person is overwhelming and includes the following among many more:
Firstly, anyone who reads a lot gets better than his\her contemporary hence practice makes better. The more you read, the more you know including new things. Reading is a very good way of self improvement. It increases our understanding of things around us. Thus, more reading equals more understanding. Also our communication skill is improved upon.
Secondly, reading exercises the brain. Many people’s brain have been so under used that it is becoming rusty. Reading helps the human brain to be more connected. Once our brain is well connected, it helps improve our basic speech skills. This implies that we speak better because our repertoire of knowledge is large our vocabulary is better improved and this leads to more highly developed language skills. Thus one’s mastery of the language is improved. In addition, one’s imaginative capacity is improved by the number of books one reads. Besides, reading improves our academic performance in school. A child that reads a lot tends to perform better than the one that does not.
Thirdly, reading relaxes the mind and also helps us to concentrate. When you read a book, you discover that are entertained, informed and educated. Therefore, let us learn to read more. When we read, we develop more logical thinking skill hence we can draw from the experiences of others we have read about.
In conclusion, as youths that are aspiring to be the leaders of tomorrow, let us make reading a habit and possibly an addition. It is often said that readers are leaders. Therefore read often so that when you become a leader, you will be very sound.
Therefore, read a book today and always read a book. Remember, in the words of tony Amaefule “life becomes better when you know better’’. How can you know better? It is by reading.
-Okoine Friday Okosun