Importance of Reading

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The Importance of Reading
When there were no televisions or computers, reading was a primary leisure activity. People would spend hours reading books and travel to lands far away-in their minds. With time, people have lost their skill and passion to read. There are many other exciting and thrilling options available, aside from books. And that is a shame because reading offers a productive approach to improving vocabulary and word power. It is advisable to indulge in at least half an hour of reading a day to keep abreast of the various styles of writing and new vocabulary. Children who love reading have comparatively higher IQs. They are more creative and do better in school and college. Parents have to inculcate the importance of reading to their children in the early years. Reading helps in developing vocabulary and reading aloud helps to build a strong emotional bond between parents and children. The children who start reading from an early age have good language skills, and they grasp the variances in phonics much better. Reading helps in mental development and stimulates the muscles of the eyes. Reading involves greater levels of concentration and adds to the conversational skills of the reader. It is an indulgence that enhances the knowledge acquired, consistently. The habit of reading also helps readers to decipher new words and phrases that they come across in everyday conversations. The habit can become a healthy addiction and adds to the information available on various topics. It helps us to stay in-touch with contemporary writers as well as those from the days of yore and makes us sensitive to global issues. It is therefore essential to cultivate the habit of reading from an early age for self – development.
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