Voices Of Youth

Technology can free up time for reading

With our busy lifestyles, many of us find reading to be a difficult task ("Low reading rate: Lack of interest, time cited as factors"; last Saturday). We often prioritise other things over curling up and enjoying a good book.

With less than half of Singaporeans reading at least one literary book a year, we are losing the appreciation for literary works.

It is worrying to see that Singaporeans do not particularly view reading as an important and essential task. It has the ability to improve our vocabulary and stretch our imagination.

Adapting books into movies seems to be a creative way to spark interest in reading, as many have chosen to read The Hunger Games or Divergent after watching these movies.

This can get people to pick up the book version of these movies, and can result in them eventually developing the love for reading.

Despite the low number of Singaporeans reading literary books, it is exciting to know that we have chosen other forms of reading, such as reading the news from newspapers or social media websites.

Mobile devices can solve the problem of not having enough time to read.

It is now more convenient to read news, and even e-books, on the go.

Reading may not be at the top of our priority list, but if we understand the importance of reading and make an effort to read by using the resources that can be found easily, it can be achievable.

Kuek Yan Ling, 16, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2016, with the headline 'VoicesOfYouth'. Print Edition | Subscribe