It’s quite often that people say we’re in a digital age.
With the amount of technology out there at the moment, and with it ever increasing, technology has become our main source of entertainment. And compared to history – say the Victorian era – books have drastically been cast aside.
But are books dying out?
As mentioned before, books used to be the main entertainment. Everyone who could read, would read. But now we have TV, movies, social media etc. And it’s suddenly become uncommon for people to say their favourite hobby is reading.
And even if people do like reading, it’s not always necessarily a book. Once again, thanks to technology, people have E-books and audiobooks. Most of which are cheaper than the physical copy, and often more convenient to carry around.
But does all the alternate choices mean book are dying out?
Personally…I think no.
Because I can assure you that every single time I go to a bookshop, there’s quite a lot of people in it. And I go to the bookshop nearly every week, so it must be a common thing for it to be busy.
I also feel like more and more, people are attempting to add reading into their lifestyle. I’ve been surprised quite often, finding out that someone I didn’t think read at all is actually trying out a book because they heard about it so much, or they liked the movie. And pretty much always, they will buy the paperback copy of it.
And then there us. The devoted readers that cannot live without reading at least a few pages every day. More often than not, we bookworms prefer the physical copies of books, whether that be paperback or hardback. I mean, it’s people like us, with our book buying addictions that practically fund book stores.
So no. I don’t think books are dying out.
Sure, not everyone reads like they used to in the Victorian days or whatever…but I actually think reading is on the rise. Now, that might just be because I discover more of the reading community every week through social media and blogging. But like I mentioned before, I see more and more people around me dipping their toes into the reading world, gradually being lured into this wonderful side of words.
So what do you think?
Are books dying out? Do you see less people reading now than you used to?
Do you think technology is knocking books off the hobby list?
Or do you agree with me, and think books are actually doing quite well in the world?
Have you seen any examples of reading being on the rise?
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