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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: Death by electronics

Hello Saturday!

With this week's topic, I'm just going to jump straight to:

Are social media, online games, nose to cell phones killing the MG/Tween/YA imagination and their book reading?

You know I am not sure, but I do feel that kids spend a lot of time playing video games. However, many say they enjoy reading a real book instead of an ebook. I don’t think it is killing their imagination as much as limiting their choices. When someone reads a book there are all kinds of possibilities. They can imagine the look of the characters and they can identify with them. Not sure that any of these video games allow for that. Constantly texting and sending photos takes away from time to read and so I think it isn’t really killing book reading as taking away the time that kids would normally read.

Social media, online games and cell phones weren't part of my teenage years, but I remember spending hours on the phone chatting to friends. It seems that over the years, little has changed, and teenagers still like to communicate - even if the methods are more hi-tech now. However, as well as keeping up with my friends, the teenage me also liked to spend a lot of time reading so that I could escape from real life. Perhaps teens nowadays use social media and phones when they want to chat but also read books when they want some release from reality. Online games, seem to be slightly different in that they are irresistable to some users who become obsessed with playing. Given the choice of reading and gaming, many would choose the latter. However, not all games involve chasing, shooting and fighting, some included interactive stories which the player has to read, so it might be argued that those games are taking reading to a whole new level.

TERRI BERTHA, Mainstream NEW author

I believe TV, SM, games and cell phones are all contributing to a lack of imagination and decreased reading in this age group. These give an ‘out’ to all the reasons not to read.  Given the choice, is a YA going to cozy up with a book or start the next online battle?  Sure, there are some who enjoy reading because they love to read.  But that enjoyment started early in life with parents reading to them, and they themselves learning how to think and understand words and sentences.  But the learning and knowledge had to come first.  With today’s information overload, skimming pages or reading bullet points sometimes is preferred.  Attention spans, reading skills, imagination and creativity can suffer by not having limited use on high tech and SM. 

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