Until a few decades ago knowing how to read was a privilege since our grandparents and great-grandparents had to start working at an early age to be able to eat. Going to school was not a priority and people who could not read or write abounded. Our parents, the grandparents of our children, it is possible that they can read, some can write, the older ones cannot write but can read … Illiteracy was a general rule due to the circumstances of life in the past. At present, children learn to read, but there is another important deficiency that can cause problems in life … they read well, but they do not understand what they read. This is undoubtedly a problem that should be solved, since reading is fine, but if you don’t understand what you have in front of you, it is of little use to learn to understand the written code.
When did you last read a book eager to turn the page to do something else? The quiet reading seems to be passing away and this is a shame. New technologies and the immediacy of everything mean that reading habits also suffer. Reading is being lost for pleasure, for leisure … and that is seen in children. Children who learn to read but do not enjoy reading and in many cases do not understand what they are reading.
It has happened to everyone that when we read, we have to go back because we have not found out what we read because we have «our head elsewhere.» It is because of the internet and the immediacy of things that people, especially the younger ones, are not able to pay the necessary attention when reading to be able to retain the information in front of them. When this happens, there is a lack of compression of the read. This can have serious consequences for those who do not focus on understanding what they are reading, for example, they will not know how to follow directions, understand a map or road signs. Understanding information is essential for life and if this is not possible due to immediacy, you will find many problems in life.
Reading is much more than deciphering written code. Reading is more than saying in the mind or reading aloud what is in front of you. Reading requires understanding, understanding, feeling … giving the correct meaning to what is being read. Have a critical thought regarding the information that is received. Reading and understanding it is the source of all information, it is the only thing that can help us to get out of lies or ignorance. We live in a society where critical thinking is essential and where reading is the way out of ignorance, yes, understanding everything that is ahead. Let’s take advantage of all the information at hand, instead of wasting it because of immediacy.