Picking up your phone is a new learned habit of our times. If you have a spare two minutes, you’re waiting for a train or your friend has gone to the bathroom, it’s what you do. You check Facebook. You check twitter. You check WhatsApp, Instagram. Or whatever. My friend calls it tip-tapping; just the general stuff that you do.
And it’s all pretty fun. But as a passionate advocate of reading, here are just three reasons why it might be better to pick up a book…
Often when I go on my phone I’ll end up forgetting to do whatever it was I meant to do, especially if it was to check the time. If you’re reading a book you’re doing something on purpose; you can choose to read something new, learn something new.
Once you’ve read a book, you’ve read it. Congratulations! You’ve done something awesome! Of course, you can achieve all sorts of things on your smart phone, but a book is a separate project; an addition to your life rather than the amalgamation of everything that is accessible on your phone.
One of the things that I think has been eroded in our lives is the ability to focus. To think deeply and consistently about one thing at a time. When reading a book you’re much less likely to be interrupted by pesky notifications. I recently deleted the Kindle app from my phone and making an effort to carry my actual Kindle instead and it’s making all the difference!
Plus all the brilliant things like books are awesome, feel nice, smell nice…