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As my majors are English and Secondary Education, I am often met with the remarks such as, “You want to be a high school English teacher?! Why? Kids nowadays don’t read!” Talk about a stab in the heart for myself as a millennial and for all my fellow millennials.
These remarks really irk me. The thing is, we are failing to embrace the reading evolution. Look at you right now. You’re reading this, aren’t you? And, you were just reading and texting back your friends a bit ago, weren’t you? Why are these modes of reading not recognized or appreciated? In my experiences, it comes from a lack of knowledge about our new reading evolution. The millennials have grown up with technology. You could say that the computer is essentially our twin; let’s be honest, many of us recall our parents getting their first computer and the struggle of them attempting to learn this new technology like they struggled to understand us during our teen years. Since technology has been omnipresent in our lives, we have learned to embrace and utilize these technological advances. From quick text messages to a friend to watching a YouTube video, we use these technologies daily.
Technology has impacted the world of reading which is why I keep referring to it as the reading evolution. Many people have opted to purchase e-readers or iPads to read, and the fact that many of these e-readers are equipped to look like a book page is amazing! Like the millennials embracing these technological advances, the e-reader companies are embracing and catering to this reading evolution. So, why do people continually beat down the millennials’ reading habits?
I believe it comes from a lack of understanding and feelings of superiority. Trust me, as an avid reader and book blogger, reading hasn’t declined. In fact, I argue that reading among the millennials is at a high. Technology has made us want to read because it is a mode that is extremely familiar to us. We now have the opportunity to read and talk about reading to people internationally. I’m from the United States, and there’s a good chance that over half of the people reading this are not; that is so cool!
So, to all of my traditionalists, reading is not on the decline for the millennials. Rather, I assure you that great things are to come from the millennials as they reach the ages to more fully participate in the book culture. And as a millennial, I can’t wait for us!
I’m millennial that happens to work at a library, I can assure you that teens don’t hate reading. Most of my friends enjoy reading and in various forms. I like to read classic literature, I have a friend that is constantly reading articles and I have another friend that likes to read reviews or video games and other forms of media. As long as we’re reading, expanding our vocabulary, and gaining some type of knowledge or pleasure… it’s fine, right? Most adults don’t think this is true, reading is for knowledge and must be done through classic literature (even though they attempt to ban most of it, how ironic).
As for technology, I have always loved reading, but dyslexia runs in my family. I didn’t have a horrible issue with it until I entered high school where we started reading classic literature. Books like Great Expectations and Grapes of Wrath are known for having diction we’re not used to, which made it much harder for me to read. I couldn’t look at a page, the words would jumble and confuse me, which was horrible because I desperately wanted to read. Thankfully, my library has ebooks, which have audio enabled so if my eyes get tired of attempting to decipher words I can listen to the book instead. Reading on a device is a lot easier as well, if I feel like taking a break I can bookmark the page. Next time I reach for my device, on a bus, during a study hall, etc., instead of looking at twitter, I can read. This was especially helpful when I was trying to read A Game of Thrones but did not own a bag compatible to carry three textbooks and the book.
- Many people read in many different ways.
- How you read does not change your intelligence.
- Reading is not simply done to gain knowledge, it’s for pleasure as well.
- Reading ebooks is more appealing to millennials, especially if they’re dyslexic.
- Don’t assume that when a millennial is using a device that it’s to play games or go on twitter. Once, I was reading Politics by Aristotle and an adult told me to put down my phone and stop playing games. I gave him quite a shock when I informed him that, yes, teenagers can enjoy Aristotle as well.
if you want to understand the psyche of our generation take a good look at the stories we tell ourselves about the future
because it isn’t flying cars or robot dogs, it’s faceless government surveillance and worldwide pandemics and militarized police brutality and the last dregs of humanity struggling to survive
our generation isn’t self-centered, or lazy, or whatever else they wanna say about us. we are young, and we are here, and we are deeply, deeply afraid.
Are we forgetting 1984 or…?
I recently read Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad for school, it was a pretty good book. I liked it far more than other books I’ve read for school, I particularly liked the themes. Although, at times it was hard to follow.
On my rating scale, it scored higher than Great Expectations but much lower than East of Eden. It’s pretty good, I would recommend it!
Since I’m a senior in high school, I’ll be working on my graduation project for the upcoming months which means no reading assignments! I’m free to work on my personal reading list and help out with library programs. Up next is another tea party, an open mic night, and a gamer’s night.