1 billion people never read books and no one can bother them for not reading books. You don’t have to be ignorant or illiterate to avoid reading books.
Before humans invented pens and paper mills, they shared information and built their societies. After inventing paper, humans did not focus on writing books.
Books are a more recent thing if you compare how people used pen and paper. Humans only created manuscripts for specific purposes.
When books came around, they became the formal way for scholars to document their work and for documenting the knowledge of various subjects.
But today’s question is why you shouldn’t read books. Let’s briefly answer that.
You shouldn’t read books because they will waste your time and we have better ways to acquire knowledge. Instead, you should use digital media, explore your interests, or learn from doing things.
1. You Should Avoid Books and Go Digital
You can break away from the traditional and slow process of acquiring information by ensuring that all your resources are in digital format.
When you digitize all your resources, you will have a great chance of automating your search for information. You can dismantle books and put all the information in a digital format.
When you have digitized all your information, you only need to search for snippets that you need and discard or avoid all the other information. That’s one part of the solution.
You can already see that information in books does not need to be in that format and you can dismantle and reorganize it in digital form. The second solution is to just explore your interests. The third solution is to learn from practice.
2. Books are Nerdy and Awkward
Ever see people carry huge books around to the store, movie theatre, football game, or ordinary social events? No! Because books are awkward and nerdy.
People never want to say it aloud, but you know this is a reality. If your books were so cool and great, people would be proud to carry encyclopedias around.
When something is cool, people make it simple by talking about it and sharing it all the time. Not so much for books. Unless you’re in school you won’t hear much about them.
When you’re buried in the scholarly life, you may think books are so great. However, you soon read too many of them and start to prefer journals of concise sources.
So, books are just too nerdy and awkward. You only want to handle them when you have no alternatives and then move on to things that are more fun.
The list of resources that are more fun is endless. Talk about audio, video, interactive media, web content, comics, manuscripts, travel magazines, and many more.
You can be sure to find a site for any worthwhile topic in science, politics, language, mathematics, geography, all humanities, engineering, medicine, astronomy, and others.
You can find audio resources online, in databases, libraries, and offices. You will even find audio that covers all material that you could have wasted time reading from books.
Video resources are also great and you shouldn’t stop short of watching a video on your favorite subject. In fact videos use multimedia, which is far better than books.
If you want to gain information in a more freestyle fashion, reading such random but fun material as travel magazines, manuscripts from museums, and white papers on various inventions will be profound and awesome for learning.
Go for any of the cool source of information if you no longer want to read books.
3. Books are Old-Fashioned and Inefficient
You will realize that books are slow in relaying information because you have to physically grab them and turn pages.
Even worse are shared books. Some people may not be very hygienic and they drip sweat or other stuff into books, and many people still wet their index finger to open a page.
When you don’t know the page because you’re just starting to read the book, you will realize books are dumb and unresponsive.
4. Books Make it Difficult to Store or Search Information
Books cannot carry a lot of information compared to digital media because they are too analog. In fact, books make it hard to find information because you must know the page.
Alternative resources, such as digital media, make it easier to just type or say a phrase and get to the part where you find more information.
5. Books Contribute to Deforestation
Do you want to know what’s worse than carrying a bulky book? Cutting millions of trees and contributing to climate change.
Not every paper mill is ethical and some of the people that run them may not even care about the environment. They cut down trees and only plant more to cut them later.
Paper mills disturb the environment in worse ways by forcing a change in the species that live in certain areas. They chase away birds and animals when they cut down trees.
Books also contribute to the pollution of soil and water. The paper mills release dirty and toxic sludge into farmlands, underground water, and rivers.
You can imagine that clean river in a remote village getting inoculated with a bunch of waste that contains chemicals and toxins. The paper mills can harm people’s health.
If you prefer digital resources, you are ahead of many people’s time. You are saving the environment, using less energy, and remaining hygienic in your habits.
You should avoid reading books to lower the demand for paper and reduce the effect that paper mills cause to the environment.
6. Books Soak in Water and Fade
Have you ever come across that faded passage or hidden word behind an ink spill? Books are terrible for conserving information.
If you accidentally drop your book in water, the information is distorted. If your child pulls it apart, it gets torn up.
7. Books Fade Easily
If your book gets too old, the ink fades away and you lose the information altogether. If someone misplaces the book, you can’t tell someone to call it for you.
8. Books Burn Easily
If a book catches fire, it burns with excitement. You would think it was waiting to disappear and deny you the information.
9. Books Get Lost
If your book is too rare because of its cost or other value and it gets stolen, you can’t easily trace it. Sometimes it quietly sits on the next-door neighbor’s shelf, but you will never find it.
You can already see that books are not only delicate; they are very inefficient and vulnerable to many things. Your best bet is to look for alternatives and avoid reading books.
But keep in mind that there are also pros of reading books
Despite all the problems associated with books, they have the advantage of being a popular source of knowledge and increasingly cheap. They also come with beautiful covers, help decorate the home, help authors raise money, and are nostalgic.
Many generations read books as the primary source of knowledge and produced many great scholars. Books became a standard format for documenting subjects and are great for school-goers that love them.
If you are not overjoyed by digital technologies, books are your best option for gaining information in a formal way. They also make you look serious and focused.
Books are also great for supporting good writers and scholars. You can buy their books to invest in them and improve the sharing of knowledge.
Books are also very nostalgic and you can ask some great novelists and book enthusiasts. Some people love the touch of a book or its cover.
You may love the smell of the library if it brings you great memories or feelings. Sometimes the sight of stacked books can also be soothing.
Books are also great for building a career because you can write your biography or story and publish it. You may find it prestigious or elevating to complete a book.
If you love to count physical pages, books will help you complete your readings because you can see your progress represented by a tangible object.
If you are a book lover, you are likely to stick to books for such advantages. If you have already had enough of them, you probably would love a reminder of the cons.
In summary, books are analog, old-fashioned, unhygienic, inefficient for storing information, nerdy and awkward, and prone to damage.
You may avoid reading books because of these disadvantages and opt for the many alternatives that are outlined for you in this post.
Conclusively, books have their positive and beneficial role in society but you can avoid reading them and switch to better alternatives. You can use digital media, audio, video, manuscripts, and practical tools to gain knowledge.
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