Reading, only for school

Connor - Western Springs, Illinois
Entered on September 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Reading, Only for School

Many people think reading is a relaxing activity. Some people love to read on the beach while others would rather cozy up with a book in their bed. For me reading is a waste of time. I gain no joy from reading a “great book”. Reading is dull and uneventful. Give me a TV or a laptop; for Pete’s sake give me a puzzle. I will do nearly anything to entertain myself besides read. I believe that reading is meant to stay at school.

One of the main reasons I hate reading when I don’t have to is because I see reading as a symbol for school. To me school is a pressure filled building with tests and quizzes ready to make your brain hurt. When I was younger I dealt with a serious anxiety problem because of school. I would often breakdown in the middle of class or would not want to go to school in fear of failing. Reading just added to the pressures of school, and the last thing I wanted to do with my spare time was think about the place that made me uncoforitable. This for me led to fear of going to school. Before school every day I would call one of my parents crying about how I was scared to go to school; I would beg for them to just come and stay home with me. In my free time I don’t want to have to think about school, I just want to “forget the world”. I was also born at a time of massive amounts of kids have ADD.

I am a part of a generation that loves to watch three TV shows at the same time, while doing tonight’s geometry homework. Our generation’s greatest punishment is to have to sit in one seat and listen to one person for an hour straight. Coming from this generation, I simply don’t have the patience, or the will power to read a book for no reason other than pleasure. Don’t get me wrong I think reading is vital to a person’s education, because it allows us to learn about past historical battles and our world. But I think that is all reading is good for.

Overall reading is one of the most boring things anyone can do, and symbolizes the most hated place on earth to kids. Maybe my brain will rot after watching TV instead of reading, but that is a chance I am willing to take. Because I truly believe that reading for enjoyment is dull and a waste of time.