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Once, there was a time when smartphones and tablets weren’t the source of information and entertainment. Books were. Books. Good old-fashioned paperbacks and hardcovers which opened your minds to a world of enriching knowledge. People somehow never quenched their thirst for books. Books overflowed from shelves to random furniture around the house. Just as a person’s status is measured by the number of gadgets he owns, he would be considered rich in proportion to the number of books he owned.
Sadly though, the picture now, isn’t as rosy as it was during the olden days. How often would you find children take an inclination towards reading voraciously? Hardly a few. Children nowadays take to operating gadgets and learning new technology within a short span of time. Not a peculiar sight it is, to find a 6-month old familiarising with the “touchscreen” gadgets. Parents too seem to be proud at the child’s “feat.” While encouraging children to explore, parents do not try to inculcate the habits of reading among children. Astonishing but even 14-year-olds merrily proclaim that they haven’t read a book for joy or out of curiosity.
As the number of libraries are dwindling, the concept of reading books as a hobby is going downhill. Children find social networking sites, television shows, and the internet more interesting than opening a tome, written by a person hundreds of years ago. Well, this may be the reason for kids not knowing a lot of things they actually should.
The world is evolving at a fast pace. While more gadget freaks are coming up, readers are going down by huge numbers.
Bibliophilia is dying.