I was just reading this post/article on the blog by the authors of “Do Hard Things”, a book I have written about before. The article from the Wall Street Journal raised some good points about boys reading today. But is no/minimal technology really the whole answer to getting boys to read?
I know that when I was starting out reading, I read because I wanted to. I admittedly have never been much of a gamer or computer wiz but I still found reading in general, a fun thing to do. I found mystery stories and the sports section in the newspaper always kept my attention and history books, especially those relating to the middle ages, inspired me. This of course was back in the days when Macs were boring and technology such as the Kindle and Ipad hadn’t been invented. I still think that picking up a hard copy of a book, newspaper or magazine is far more interesting than reading off a screen. However I do see the benefit of having this technology available to people. Those who are more computer savvy than myself might find it easier to concentrate with an electronic version in front of them therefore helping them to enjoy good literature and make reading a habit, rather than a chore.
I also see the point about boys reading rubbish these days. I think that as well as a balanced and wide-ranging reading program we should always include a space and time for the types of book or subjects that we like reading about. This helps me to continue to enjoy reading, especially if you do this alongside a harder or less interesting book.
What do you think?