A variety of reading is important

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 January, 2012, 12:00am

Children are always being encouraged to read more. Reading helps improve our writing ability and broaden our knowledge. Reading news articles can educate us about social issues, while reading fiction teaches us more about other cultures. According to recent research, people in Hong Kong are reading more than before.

Yet is the situation as positive as it sounds?

In fact, most students read only one type of book. Comics and romantic fiction are most popular. This could have bad consequences. Reading only one type of book is not good; it will not expand the reader's knowledge or help develop their vocabulary and writing style. Parents cannot force their children to read books they are not interested in, but they can encourage them to try new kinds. We students should try our best to get a variety of reading, since it is the best way to learn.

Kelvin Li

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Kelvin. In this digital era, sitting down to read a book - even on an e-reader - has taken a backseat to other activities. Most teens would probably prefer to browse Tumblr, watch videos on YouTube, or play Where's My Water? than bury themselves in a novel.

Yet reading offers so many advantages other activities can't. It helps increase your vocabulary and improves your writing and speaking abilities. It teaches you history, geography, social studies, cultural studies, music and foreign languages. It improves concentration - you have to actively focus on the story - and memory - you need to remember characters, plotlines and facts to appreciate the story.

Perhaps the most interesting benefit of reading is one that many 'modern' interests offer, too: it gives you something to talk about with friends. Think about a series like Twilight. It was so popular. Girls and boys of all ages picked up a copy and talked about it with friends.

So, switch off the tablet, the phone and the computer for an hour each day and get into a good book. At least, it will save electricity!

Karly, Deputy Editor



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