The title might sound a bit confusing, since we often read articles about:
Why people read? Why some of us love to read? Why should we read? What are the benefits of reading? And so on.
However I have never truly nor seriously explored the reasons why some people don’t read or don’t like to read.
I won’t list reasons such as lack of time, honestly that’s bulls*** . We all have very busy schedules, but some manage to find the time to read 50 pages/day and thinking of which, it’s not even that much to ask. So stop making up excuses, if you don’t like to, or don’t want to just say so, there is nothing wrong with it.
I have my moments as well, you know. But I get back from the hiatus, as I feel the urge to read again, as like my soul misses something essential to breathe and my mind feels poor and depleted.
Ok, then enough with me and straight to the point:
- Laziness. Some have been thoroughly sincere by admitting that they are just too lazy to read, they lose focus and between mindlessly reading and something, the “something” option sounds better. Concentrate on something you like than waste your time with an activity which in the end besides the unease will prove to be useless.
- A friend of mine once told me: “I don’t like reading because it disconnects me from reality and I don’t like the feeling.” which to me, a bookworm, it’s odd not to mention weird, because it’s precisely that feeling I always look for. But I get it, some of us want to stay tuned in their own reality.
- Again, expectations vs reality. You see the beauty of books is, creating a new dimension and making you picture it in your mind. However two different people reading the same book, might have different colors to paint the canvass, and the imaginary realities differ, therefore results, opinions differ not merely in the way you see or perceive the book, but in the way you see your surroundings. Sometimes, your hopes get up and well, as we all know “gravity” does not spare anything or anyone.
- Fear of book hangover. It’s awkward, but that’s one of the reasons that I was told. I love that feeling, it’s like getting high, but it’s a good, healthy high. However I don’t abandon the reality I live in, to switch to the surreal or the ones I make up in my mind. They serve to a better cause, broaden my horizon, deepen my being, develop my skills and of course my vocabulary, learn and acknowledge the other side of the coin and moving even further with lots of coins.
Hearing my friends, made me think that if these are the reasons they don’t like the experience maybe they need help to channel the information and to see the other version of reading, the sparkling one that makes us book lovers crave for more. If again they won’t like it, then so be it, but in that case, it’s a decision based on all that there is there to see.
What do you think? Do you like to read? What gender of literature? What about your friends? Anyone who doesn’t? Why? Ooohhh so many questions. Comment all your thoughts.
Let the rambling begin 😀