Are Screens Making Books So Boring That Kids Won’t Bother To Read Them – The Awl

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“Irememberreadingnovelsbecausethelifewithinthemwasmoreexciting,thecharactersmoreattractive,thefreedommoreexhilaratingthananythingintherealityaroundme,whichseemedstultifying,parochialandenclosed。

ToakidreadingPynchononaGalaxy6thissummer,ithastocompetewithSnapchatandTinder,plusmovies,gamesandmusic…。

Lifeitselfhasbecomemoreimmersive。

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Ihavebeenthinkingaboutthisalotlately。

Youhearallthestoriesofkidsnotwantingtolearntodrivebecausetheynolongerneedtophysicallytravelsomewheretogetseparation;friendsandcommunitiesandotherworldsaltogetherareallonthephonestheycarrywiththemlikeanextraappendage。

Thesestoriesarealmostcertainlyexaggerated,buttheyspeaktoalargerconcernthatoursurfeitofvirtualopportunityanddiversionwilldrainouryouthofthegreatestincentiveforself-improvementthereis:thedesiretogetawayfromparentsandthegeneralboredomoftypicalteenagesubsistence。

Whatdoyoudowhenyoudon’thave“there’snothingtodo”asananimatingprinciple?

Whatislifelikewhenennuiandtheangstofrepeatingthesameeventlessexistenceeverydayaren’tallthat’savailable?

Withoutthosethings,whatwillhappentoourkids?

Theywillbeeatenbyrobots,that’swhat。

I’mtellingyou,everythingisascamsetupbytherobotssothateventuallytheycaneatus。

Youlaughatmenowbutwhenthoseterriblemetalteethareclampingdownonthebodiesofeveryoneyouholddearyou’llwishyouhadlistenedtome。

You?