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Why has the modern age become detached from the written word?

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Why has the modern age become detached from the written word?

When was the last time you read a book? Yesterday? Last week? So long ago that your brain can’t work it out?

Whatever the answer, it’s undeniable that a love of reading may eventually become a thing of the past. With technological advancements and the slow evolution of humanity leading us to the destruction of the earth, the number of people enjoying the written word is slowly declining.

With timeless classics such as Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice becoming less and less popular amongst today’s youths, I can’t help but wonder what is to become of new, already less appreciated works of the new age. Though books such as JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series continue to thrive, it seems only a matter of time before these – and countless others – are no longer appreciated by us.

But why is this?

It’s simple to say that technology does play a huge part. Despite e-books bringing around a new, different generation of readers, it also tears it down. A quote by one student said, “I used to love read; I would spend hours with a book , but now I just never get around to it. Social media has taken over my life, but it’s easier to do this”. So although these new ways may benefit many important aspects of life, it is clear that it is ruining the minds of many from a love of reading.

Alternately, though, many people simply find curling up with a good adventure “boring”. It is, apparently, not as interesting and people seem to prefer the visual stimulation of television over detailed and thought-provoking storylines written in words. Jake, a Year 13, said that reading is just “TV in slow motion”, making it clear that this is all many people think of, rather than the deep meaning of a sentence or the effect that just one character can have on you – they would rather endure hours of mind-numbing screens recounting the same story in a thousand different ways.

Some people, though, just don’t have the time. Miss Warcup, a teacher at Driffield School and Sixth Form, said that reading an e-book was more about ease of access, and it tended to be late before she had time to pick up a book.

Whatever the reason, though, it must be admitted that not as many of us enjoy the beautiful creation and sophisticated art of literature, but I personally believe that it is time for this to change.

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