Why teenagers are terrible readers

Angelee Sligay, Newswriter

Novels are fictional stories that are written to bring readers to what seems like a different reality. Whether a 17-year-old boy is wandering the halls of Hogwarts or a 10-year-old girl is looking for a so-called paradise, novels can bring out emotions we didn’t even know we had. Novels range in variety, from crime novels (like Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke) to horror novels (like IT by Stephen King). These types of books can bring you into another world, you’re a part of the story. The issue with our times now is it is more difficult to find teens willing to read. No one wants to come home from a day full of reading just to do more reading.

It is no surprise that studies like the one conducted by APA found that teenagers stopped reading for fun around when technology became more popular. Teens would rather go on social media than through a dangerous forest (smart, but no sense of adventure). Even if you don’t want to put the phone down there is FREE reading apps and websites you could download (Amazon kindle, Google Play Books, etc.). You could even write your own stories for possible publication (Wattpad and Quotev are both free).

In addition to previous statements can help with communication by expanding vocabulary and giving more to the imagination. Novels give you a comfort place, a place to think about when things get tough. Another way to escape reality.

A growth in imagination, more ways to be a better person, great inspirations and role-models (like Katniss from the Hunger Games or Newt from the Maze Runner), what more could a teen want. Reading is in no way as boring and childish as most make it out to be, if you find the right book.