More than the news in papers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 April, 1996, 12:00am

Reading is a hobby that can be enjoyed by people of any age. The range of reading material includes magazines, books and newspapers.

I tend to confine myself to reading the newspaper.

I think the newspaper is better than any book because it covers a variety of topics - hard news, features, entertainment and commentaries.

I believe there are a lot of advantages in reading the newspaper, so I encourage my friends to do so every day.

First of all, reading the newspaper is a good way to keep up with what is happening around the world.

To be responsible citizens, we should be aware of what is going on and pay attention to the controversial issues in our community. That way we will develop the ability to think independently and contribute to society.

Youngsters spend most of their time attending classes or doing homework, so a lot of their time is taken up with education.

Reading the newspaper helps us strike a balance in our school life and enhance our common sense. It also helps to improve our language skills (English and Chinese). We learn more vocabulary and develop a higher reading speed.

Actually, reading the newspaper is a challenging task because we can learn about different things and gain a better understanding of language usage.

It is especially helpful to students who will be sitting for public examinations such as the HKCEE or A-Levels.

There are usually current affairs and common sense questions in public examinations, and we will be better equipped to answer these questions if we read the newspaper.

It is also a much more meaningful and productive hobby than watching television or singing karaoke.

Besides, there is a section for everyone. Someone who is not interested in politics can always turn to the features or entertainment section for some relaxation. Sports enthusiasts can find out about the latest developments in that field.

Newspaper stories also serve as good material for chats and gossip among friends and neighbours.

There are so many advantages to reading the newspaper that we should make it a daily habit.

However, some students may say they do not have enough time to read the newspaper every day. It is perfectly understandable, but we do not need to spend a long time on it.

We can just glance through the headlines and read what we are interested in.

Therefore, we should try to read the newspaper regularly no matter how busy we are. Lai-ho is a student of Belilios Public School