Reading Literature Makes USarter And Nicer By Annie Murphy Paul

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People will always tell you to read to help you to improve, whether it be your teachers or your parents. Nowadays, kids and teens are always on their electronic devices and you can’t tell if they are really reading or just messing around. The article “Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer” by Annie Murphy Paul argues that reading can help us improve our minds. She argues that “deep reading” is something we have to protect like a historical painting or a historical building, because it immerses you greatly. Deep reading is a robust exercise that the brain does to increase our empathy in real life. Paul claims that we should show younger ways to read- like deep reading and spiritual reading and to show them a place the have never been …show more content…
I do agree that books can immerse you greatly if you are enjoying it. I don’t think she says all kids who read on an electronic device can’t immerse themselves, but if she did I would have to disagree. Reading can vary from person to person, as some people can immerse themselves even while reading digitally or some just get distracted too easily by other things. Even while reading a physical book there are ways to get distracted, which could at times ruin a perhaps emotional part you may be reading at times, ruining a moment. I understand that the numbers presented are just averages and that not every single kid is the same. For example, Paul says that according to a study by psychologist Raymond Mar and Professor Keith Oatley, reading fiction can increase your empathy and understanding towards people. I can see why, as people get attached to characters they come to adore and at times can strongly relate them to themselves or people around them. People who do this …show more content…
I still get immersed in some, not all, works I read- online or not. Sometimes I read online until late at night that having the light can at times disturb the person sharing a room with me. If I do get immersed, it will be because I like the story, not whether I am reading a physical book or not. For example, I could read a fantasy book like The Mortal Instruments and have a physical copy of the book but not get immersed. Simply because I am not enjoying the story. I’ll finish it but it doesn’t mean I will particularly enjoy reading it. I can read books by the author Sarah Dessen and become so immersed I lose track of time and end up finishing the book much more quickly than a book I would not enjoy. There are also works I do read online just because it can be too much of a hassle to bring a book along everywhere, for fear of losing it. Losing a library book, you’ll have to pay to replace. Losing a book you bought, you’ll have to buy a new copy and sometimes this is very frustrating. From time to time I will bring a physical book though. I think that it all depends on the type of person reading. Also, a person reading a physical book isn’t just prone to distractions.You never know when your parents will call on you to do something, or if you will have to go somewhere important. Another thing is I have to read to get points for my class, so reading a lot helps boosts your grade. However, it is

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