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Saturday, February 22, 2014

...screen invasion!

 
YIKES! screens are all around us! its an invasion! tvs, computers, nooks, tablets, i phones, i pads, i pods, pea pods. no place is safe! theyre everywhere! ...even in our beds. ACK!                                     AND...theyre replacing books! people are reading less and less because theyve been sucked in by those addicting screens. out of 1,000 adults in the u.s. 28 % havent read a book in the past year and a lot of folks who started books didnt finish them. last year 80% of u.s. families didnt buy or read a book.
 
who cares about reading a book anyway? whats so great about curling up in a cozy place and reading a good book??? 
 
well...theres plenty of reasons to put away those screenies and read a good book.
 
1. YOURE LIKELY TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY
research shows reading a lot makes you smarter. it helps you retain knowledge you can use now and later in life. reading fills up your brain with new info that can come in handy when you need it.
 
2. READING CAN HELP PREVENT ALZHEIMERS
a recent study showed people who read regularly throughout their life are 2 1/2 times less likely to get diagnosed with alzheimers later in life. reading wont stop it but the study shows a relationship between reading and prevention.
 
3. READING IMPROVES YOUR MEMORY
when you read you create new memories & exercise memory muscles. every new memory makes new synapses (connections between nerve cells that carry info by impulses from one neuron to the next) and strengthens the ones you already have and keeps your memory sharp.
 
4. READING IS THERAPEUTIC
reading can help relieve stress & anxiety or just everyday worries. studies show its better than listening to music, walking or watching tv or other oldies. it took the people in the study just 6 minutes to relax (measured by heart rate and muscle tension) once they started reading. it doesnt matter what book you read. whats important is you lose yourself in it.
 
5. READING CAN HELP YOU SLEEP BETTER 
reading is a good way to do what experts recommend & thats a regular routine to calm your mind & body so you can be ready to sleep. but...don't read a book thats a page-turner or youll be up all night. electronic & bright lights tells the brain to wake up so its better to read in a dim light & not from your desktop. kindle white can adjust to dim.
 
6. READING EXPANDS YOUR VOCABULARY
the more you read the more words you see & the more you read these words the more youre likely to understand them. and...you can always look them up in the dictionary. the more words you learn the more likely your are to use them in your writing and speaking. bonus: youll sound soooo smart!
 
7. READING HELPS YOUR BRAIN STAY SHARP
plan now for old age. research shows that a lifetime of reading keeps your brain sharp as you age. it slows down memory loss. people who exercise their minds through reading & other stimulating activities had a 32% lower rate of mental decline compared to their peers who did average mental activities. the ones who had little activity declined 48% faster.
 
8. READING FICTION INCREASES EMPHASIZING WITH OTHERS
a study showed that reading about possible realities & fictional story lines can cause you to have new feelings & emotions. research in the netherlands showed that "people who were 'emotionally transported' by a work of fiction experienced boosts in empathy."
 
9. READING CAN GET YOU AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER & LIFE IN GENERAL
reading opens up doors & shows you things you didnt know about or consider. it can help you chose a career or get ahead in your job. honor wilson-fletcher said that reading "opens doors & makes life easier, so at the end of the day it doesn't matter what you read. What's more, it really can make you feel good!"
 
10. READ BECAUSE YOU LOVE TO READ!!!
thats is the best reason of all!
 
so...if you havent read for a while...put down those addicting screenies and grab a good book (e-reader if you just cant go cold turkey) and...read...read...read. its good for you!
 
have screenies taken over your life? any other good reasons to put them down and read a book?
 
...hugs from lenny
 
 
 

 

13 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great researched article, Lenny! It all totally makes sense with age, memory and Alzheimers. I sleep better when I read for a bit before bed. But reading a really good book can be a double edged sword...you don't want to go to sleep. I don't like the tv on in the bedroom. I read somewhere that the blue of the electronic screen can mess with your sleep too....

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  2. So agree with you, Lenny. It's so sad that so many adults don't read. I've always loved reading and books are like my friends. And I agree so much that they are great to help reduce stress and help you get to sleep at night. Glad to know all this reading might help me not get Alzheimer.

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  3. Those are all excellent points. Readers are also leaders.

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  4. I don't have any screens besides the computer, and I definitely love to read, so I guess my brain must be in pretty good shape!

    Another thing reading does is, if you read a classic, it connects you with all the generations before who read the same book. It can create a foundation of one's culture and history in a way that this season's TV shows can't.

    Also, you can find characters who are just like you, which helps you feel that you're not alone. :-)

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  5. Great post, Lenny! I totally agree. There are far too many screens out there. And they're bad for our eyes. :)

    I don't even own a tablet, just a laptop. And I spend more hours reading actual paper books than I do on the computer. I always turn off the computer and read a book for the last hour before I go to sleep. But you're right about not reading page-turners! Quiet books are best.

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  6. Lenny! Great post. YEAH MAN! I agree with you. *sigh* I always read REAL books. I hardly watch TV anymore. Only once in a while. (You know I watch football and Marlins and Braves.) But gosh, that's about it. I'd rather teach homeschool and write. #10 was the BEST reason. :-) xoxoxo

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  7. Hi Lenny - yes .. the screens are taking over - I must say too much is too much. I do have a Kindle, and an ipad and an iphone ... but I prefer working here on the pc .. and I read and research articles - some on the computer ..

    But my goal is to get out a lot more, read more books -I've lots to catch up on ...

    Reading also educates you .. in many fields ... learning to read properly is an essential towards our futures, especially when you're young ... so this is a brilliant post, well researched and so sensibly set out .. as Alex said - readers are leaders too ... good for you ...

    Cheers from us - Linda too .. and me! Hilary

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  8. Those are some great reasons for reading you have listed, Lenny. I especially like number 10. Screens are taking over our lives in so many ways, but you can't beat reading a good book. Thanks for the great post. Hugs, Lenny!

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  9. What??? 28% haven't read a book in the past year? That just makes me sad. Love your reasons Lenny! #6 for sure has helped me. ;)

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  10. I love these reasons! though it's amazingly sad that so many people don't read. I can't imagine my world without books. It would just be so empty!

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  11. Here, here! What a great post outlining the benefits of reading. :D

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  12. Great list! I love the escape reading offers -- is there anything better than letting a story swallow you up? It also inspires my writing.

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  13. I love your list! Screens do take over my life. And I get neck aches and headaches if I use them too much, so I use that as a cue to step away and go outside for awhile. Now if only I could read more in a day, THAT would be great! Hi, Lenny! Sorry I haven't been around lately. I'm trying to be better. :)

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