‘Books are the best friends’. So is being a bookworm is more important or keeping own self updated. I have seen many people who love to read a lot for information gathering. And there are people who don’t like to read much. There is contradiction yet what is common in both, both keep themselves updated with the latest and familiar with old. Then there are two more groups- who don’t read at all, just thinks what the need after college and getting a job, remain in hidden inside a cocoon. Or there are people who read lots not useful. And one specific sector how can I forget because at times I feel I belong to that group J who reads (or like) but can’t remember after sometime.
I found a very interesting post ‘the myth of Keeping up’. Here Kathy is talking about:
What you plan to read and what actually you read in a week.
I have seen my IT friends reading a lot of technology stuff, all coding related books but at times forgetting about the other important and relevant information. A software engineer might say why I read about the making of this part or it is not so important for me too know about assemblance of this when there is 24 hours availability of system administrator or so in company. Instead I read more about .net. Like a doctor would be much interested in knowing about what technologies related to health but would neglect the other area that might be useful at a rare time when he is working on his laptop.
Just like designers who might be not much interested in reading literature and would not like to know about history which could be useful at times. Design schools faculties always says to students to read newspaper daily and knowing little bit about business and economics and for that they never get time.
Time is such a factor that restrict ourselves numbers of times even when we are really interested in knowing and reading about that. At times we have such a long list of ‘to read’ or subscribe to so many groups and newsletters that we hardly get times. Even check your blogroll it might be so long that by the time you get chance to visit your favorite blog it has been a month and you missed an interesting post.
In past few years I have observed lots of people reading habits; specially youngsters. I have seen employers reading their favorite novels while sipping a cup of tea or browsing their favorite blog in-between the boring work- life. Then there are college students half sleeping with heavy books or visit library for sleeping in AC and school kids mugging the school books. Even few of my friends don’t read newspaper (even headlines) at all and don’t watch TV. The only way to know about world for them is listening from others mouth. Then few can’t sleep without reading a novel. And there are people like me who save things to read soon. And this ‘soon’ neither comes sooner or later.
I was thinking what basically make difficult for people to read and remember or hurdles after overcoming the time problem:
– Few subjects are so hard to understand that one will give up just by having a glance, few seems so boring that you can’t start and few seems like I know about it or read similar before so why to read.
– One more issue is how we read. Reading while traveling is worst way to read. You can’t remember much this way. Reading half sleepy is again make no sense. Reading but not paying attention much to content but more to people around you. The lighting or the ambience.
– Reading so much that there is over flowing of information and you loose track what you read exactly and mix up the information.
– Reading for the sake of reading like you have to subscribe to that many newsletters so have to finish but your mind is thinking simultaneously about the project deadline.
– Buying so many books and getting confused what to start first.
– I read about this & that now I want to blog about it. So while reading your brain is more working what will I write if I have to talk on this subject while missing the already said contents.
Well there could more issues but who am I to talk as myself is very bad reader.