In the past few days, three unrelated people have mentioned to me that they are ‘trying to read more’ after having stopped reading since their ‘smart’phones took over their lives. These are intelligent people who got sucked into the habit of scrolling, scrolling, scrolling through Facebook, Instagram and other websites. I have also been enjoying books again. We all know it can be very easy to just let your mind go numb and not even remember what you read and just click LIKE or LOL and keep scrolling. I usually go slightly deeper into a post and actually look at all the photos and read the words, but I know many people don’t even do that. So you might want to stick to 4 photos or fewer.
But I am seeing people waking up from the foggy daze of social media, getting bored with the fake news and fake drama and fake photos. We hang on because it has become the only means of communicating with certain people that we do care about, but many are spending less time, cutting friends lists, and even putting their accounts on hold. This is great news! It shows that people are feeling better and more hopeful and don’t need that brain-numbing scrolling as much. There is hope for our country and hope for us. People are realizing that they have been controlled and lied to by the media too many times and are tired of it.
Reading actual books, fiction and non-fiction, takes more concentration, but is so much more rewarding.
I hope this trend really picks up and social media withers away and becomes an afterthought. I hope people start having real, face to face, conversations and enjoying experiences without taking so many photos and thinking of what post they will share later. I hope people go back to being human. Reading good books is one step in the right direction.