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How Hong Kong can reconnect with the lost art of reading

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2018, 4:52pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2018, 4:52pm

Hong Kong is a fast-paced metropolis. Citizens who breathe the capitalist air of this society would rather spend most of their time earning money or browsing their mobile phone to ease stress.

People in Hong Kong do not really have a reading habit any more. The majority these days lack the motivation to read, with the result that the culture of reading itself is beginning to fade in the city.

We may still find some traces of this culture in parks or sitting-out areas, where the elderly read the newspaper. However, we never see youngsters do the same. Their news and analysis come from social media feeds.

In fact, rapid technological advancement is driving youngsters and adults to use their phones to not only enjoy a variety of games in the virtual world, but to also get all their information about the real world. Many students are not motivated to read for long anyway, as they need to deal with schoolwork. Given this situation, can people revive the habit of reading in our society?

We know that reading the newspaper enhances our knowledge about Hong Kong and the world, and keeps us on top of current affairs. But it also helps to boost our writing and language skills.

I agree with those who say that parents should try to shape children’s reading habits early on, with bedtime stories and the like. Schools can also encourage pupils to read by having dedicated classes.

Matthew Lin, Tai Po