Recreational Reading in History
With fiction books on the rise in the late 1600s and throughout the 1700s, the term novel become a household word and most everyone knew what a novel was by the late 1700s. It was during this time period—and into the 1800s— that most popular, modern-day genres were born.
By the mid/late 1800’s teenagers were reading most any novel they could get their hands on. This of course drew the attention of concerned parents who feared that reading these fictitious tales could potentially be harmful and unhealthy.
Today, we know the opposite is true. However, reading for entertainment has been replaced by TV, movies, video games, music, social networking and a number of other—instantly gratifying—technologically based past times. Few of which, if any, have been found to benefit the mind and body in the way that reading does.
We all know that reading is a great intellectual exercise and sharpens the mind in general. Unfortunately, what people read today is largely work or school related, an article of research, an email, a street sign, a bill, much of which is less than interesting. This also leaves the benefits of recreational reading to be sadly, un-experienced.
Those who read books have not only discovered the adventure and wonder of it, they have experienced the many, invaluable advantages it has to offer. Continue reading