Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body (ответы на вопросы) 2

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Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body

1. Why is reading compared to physical exercise?
2. Why do young people read less these days?
3. What book would you take with you on a long journey?
4. Why are people so keen on escapist books nowadays?

1. Why is reading compared to physical exercise?

Both kinds of activities I mean reading and doing sports are highly beneficial to corresponding to the mind and body. While doing sports we strengthen our muscles, increase the flexibility of joints and improve overall stamina. Any progress in this field is easy to make out. As for reading it’s not so obvious. Reading a lot is supposed to be good but it’s not always the case. Books to read should be sorted out carefully. They shouldn’t be swallowed as if one were dying from thirst and hunger. The best books deserve to be digested as quantity doesn’t always lead to quality.

2. Why do young people read less these days?

Surprisingly enough, I would disagree with the statement which may be regarded as an unfortunate truth by most teachers. To be precise teenagers read less when it comes to what is known as classics. Mark Twain once said that «A classic is something everybody wants to have read, but no one wants to read.» It’s a witty phrase but it clearly indicates that neglecting the favourites of the previous generation is not a new phenomenon. Books by the greatest minds of the past are substituted with what is named as easy reading. Youngsters read a lot, but they are in favour reading the books which don’t make them think.

3. What book would you take with you on a long journey?

It’s a rather tricky question. The only thing I know for sure nobody should take a book they haven’t started reading yet. The book may turn out to be boring. While traveling you need entertaining so easy reading is what you need. To my mind detectives are the best choice. It won’t take you long to read one. Unfortunately reading on a train may do damage to your eyesight as you can’t sit still. As for me I am fond of listening audio books. Listening to them is also entertaining. When it comes to choosing an audiobook to listen short stories are preferable as they are quite easy to follow. When you read a book you can flip pages in any direction without getting lost. It is not advisable to break off while listening for fear you might get everything mixed up.

4. Why are people so keen on escapist books nowadays?

The main thing I’d like to make it clear that the phenomenon of escapism is not restricted to a fantasy literature alone. There are many different forms of escapism. The most popular one is playing a video game. Pressing buttons and clicking a mouse is by far the easiest thing to do. Flipping pages is much more difficult. People try to escape from reality when they are on the edge and they can’t cope with the problems they have encountered. Being an imaginary hero is the choice of those who don’t bother to spare a thought and give it a try to stand up after yet another fall. Nowadays people are more prone to escape as we have to live at a faster pace than our parents used to do. You see — the more problem you have the more likely you will give in.
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2015-01-07
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