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Books vs. Screens: Who Will Win the Battle for Our Attention?

Bookworms unite! Society's love for reading isn't dead yet. I hope.

A lot of people have told me lately that they don't have time to read. Maybe because I just published my book, and they are trying to be nice.. At the same time, these people can accurately update me on the events of last night's "Wednesday", or another trendy Netflix series. There's nothing wrong with watching television, I watch television. I did however want to explore the whole Book vs. Screens debate that has been going on in my head lately.

Books, the classic form of entertainment that has been around since the invention of the printing press. But in today's world of screens and instant gratification, are books still relevant? Has society shifted its love for reading to a love for scrolling? Let's dive into the world of books and find out.

First, let's address the elephant in the room. Yes, screens are everywhere and they are making reading easier and more convenient. You no longer have to lug around a heavy book, you can now carry thousands of books in your pocket with an e-reader. But just because screens are making reading more accessible, does that mean they are taking over? Not quite. Let me get into that.

While it may seem like the world is consumed by screens, statistics show that reading is still very much alive. According to the Pew Research Center, around 72% of Americans have read a book in the past year. This is up from previous years and shows that despite the rise of screens, books are still a popular form of entertainment.

So, are we reading more or less than we used to? The answer is a bit of both. With the rise of e-books, it's easier to read more books in a shorter amount of time. But, on the other hand, with the rise of screens, it's also easier to be distracted and not focus on reading. It's a double-edged sword.

Now, let's talk about the stigma that surrounds reading. It seems like in today's world, reading is seen as a boring and solitary activity. But, let's be real, who needs to go to a party when you have a good book and a cup of tea? Reading is a form of escapism that allows you to explore new worlds and experience new adventures without leaving your couch. Plus, it's a great way to exercise your imagination and improve your vocabulary (which may come in handy next time you're trying to impress someone at a party).

In conclusion, books are far from dead. Despite the rise of screens, reading is still a popular form of entertainment. So, next time someone tells you that reading is a thing of the past, tell them to step away from the screen and pick up a book. Trust me, they won't regret it.

Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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Feb 20, 2023

Hi Luc. I'm a paper-backer as well, so I can relate to you in every way. Also, now I want to go on a cruise, and not just for the books 🙂 Hope you had a great trip.


Luc Ménard
Luc Ménard
Feb 18, 2023

I still love reading paperbacks, but, such a hassle to carry around when traveling or working, most of the books I read are ebooks. Lately on a one week cruise, I read 2 books I found in the ship’s library with pleasure.

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