Do children read very little?
Do children read enough?
Why? Why not?
What do you think about it?
I think the children read lesser than decades before. I guess technoloy became so important in society that reading lost the meaing.
Read what exactly?
Social media has revived reading and writing amongst the younger generation that was decimated by telephones and TV. Back when I was at primary school there was a belief that kids watched too much TV, and satellite and cable channels packed with cartoons round the clock were killing reading.
I don't think that children understand the true meaning of reading anymore, they are too caught up with modern technology that they don't read anymore. Less children borrow books from school or from a library, society has changed too much and this has greatly affected younger generations. Reading less will only decline literacy rates and children's ability to read.
It varies a lot I guess - I used to read absolutely loads when I was a kid, but I know some of my friends my age barely did when they were younger, for instance.
I used to be a real book worm as a kid. I was reading enid blyton at age 5, and went through five books a week... I loved reading
these days, I don't think kids read enough. social media and technology has taken over
if I have a kid they wont have phones and constant access to stuff until theyre like 13... they will learn the joys of reading first
Can reading fiction be a waste of time for many children?
I'm of the opinion that any work of fiction which is too complex for the average 12 year old to comprehend is probably specialist material which should only be read by enthusiasts of if the reader sees a benefit in it. A friend was forced to read A Tale of Two Cities at the age of 13 in English lessons and he concluded that it's way to complex for most 13 year olds and they have to be interested in the French Revolution to make reading it worthwhile. There are some adults who are highly educated and intelligent who enjoy reading stories for children but they would never attempt the great classics of Dickens and Shakespeare.
I can't speak for kids now because I simply never see any in circumstances where I could judge this question, but I read more than most of my peers when I was a child. Even now I read what I think is an abnormal amount by most people's standards, it's just how I've always been (luckily for me I'm in a discipline where that pays off).
I'd encourage my kids to read as much as possible, preferably in a couple of languages. It shapes you in ways you don't even realise.