Why Do People Read?

After reflecting on some of the interesting points made by Tom Peter’s recent Library Journal article entitled The Future of Reading, blogger Stephen Abrams posted fifteen reasons he could quickly think of for why people bother reading at all.

Abrams’ (unranked) list:

  • To learn
  • To engage in hearing other’s opinions (to agree or disagree or just to understand and be empathetic)
  • To develop more knowledge about myself and develop as a whole person
  • To be entertained and laugh, to engage and interact
  • To address boredom and the inexorable progress of time
  • To research and keep up-to-date
  • To participate well in civil society (everything from news to voting)
  • To be informed (and maybe smarter)
  • To understand others (individually and culturally)
  • To escape our day-to-day lives
  • To stimulate the imagination and be inspired
  • To write and communicate better through reading others
  • To teach
  • To have something to talk about
  • To connect with like-minded people

Can you think of other reasons you read, and/or enjoy reading?


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