Reading, it’s the factor that many people use to determine if the person before them is educated or not, but is there more to it? According to some definitions, reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning (reading comprehension), but I think there is more to it.
When you read you don’t just decode symbols to derive meaning, you experience and feel the writing. Whether you are reading a fantasy book or an article about psychology, you start to imagine events. The better the piece is written, the more vividly you start imagining. But you’re probably asking yourself, why do I care? Well there are a lot of upsides to reading than to sitting on your phone or playing video games all day. According to lifehack.org reading has many promising effects including: mental stimulation, stress reduction, knowledge, vocabulary expansion, memory improvement, stronger analytical thinking skills, improved focus and concentration, better writing skills, tranquility, and -last but definitely not least- free entertainment. Other than that, reading makes you experience imagination on a whole new level. You could be one second riding a dragon in the middle ages and the next thing you know you’re a time traveler that has to battle paradoxes. Reading also makes you socially awakened. You can relate adventures and problems of some of the characters to your own daily problems. So, the solutions the characters find to that problem can also apply to you. Studies have found that reading helps improve your chances of reducing Alzheimer when you grow up. It improves your memory; thus, reducing the probability of gaining Alzheimer at old age. Your analytic skills also sky rocket with reading. This won’t only help you with SATs and school studies but with everyday situations. You can analyze situations faster and with more precision. Studies have shown that reading can efficiently reduce pressure. It can serve as a way of escape to the reader. Other than that, your knowledge increases dramatically with reading. It exposes you to many settings and cultures that are almost impossible to experience firsthand. Lastly, reading is one of the most inexpensive hobbies there is. Unlike video games and many other hobbies, reading doesn’t require a lot of money to enjoy. You can borrow many books from a local library or you could simply read online, either way you are nearly paying nothing.
Reading isn’t only an addicting and inexpensive hobby but also a helpful one. As a student in grade 11 said “Reading is a good habit because with reading comes knowledge and knowledge is the food of the mind. Everyone should maintain a good mental diet.”