By: A. Hemnani
How many times do you think to yourself: I have some free time, let me read a book? Not too many, right? Most people would much rather spend their time watching one of those never-ending series, playing a video game or spending some time on social media. This is how books will cease to exist, someone 50 years later may not even have the word book in their vocabulary. Reading a book for fun will become simply unheard of.
The first stage for books to become obsolete is the elimination of physical books. Electronic books are becoming increasingly common since they are much easier to access, less expensive and much more practical. The world is turning completely digital. Everyone now uses technology to complete several tasks, including reading. eBooks are being used more and more, consequently, the demand for physical books has become almost inexistent. Due to the rising cost of the materials required to print a book, physical books are becoming increasingly expensive with time.
When sixdegrees.com, the original social media platform, went live online in 1997, users could interact and make friends through social media for the first time. Today's social media platforms make it simple to get information, which makes individuals less interested in reading. Reading books has been substituted by using these platforms as the majority's preferred pastime.
“Though books may become insignificant, reading itself cannot die.” It makes sense that we are shifting from physical books towards eBooks since it is a lot more practical and accessible. Even though people in the future may not experience the smell of a new book or the feeling of reading a hard copy book, it does not change the fact that the initial flame of reading is still burning strong.
On the other hand, books have been an essential part of society for a long time but are slowly declining significantly since the invention of technology as more people are losing interest. So now what? Will Netflix and social media make books go extinct? Will reading a book become a thing of the past? Is it simply a matter of time?
What do you think? Will the legacy we have created of reading live on? Or will people in the future never even pick up a book in their life? We will never know if future children will have the happiness of completing their first book, but I hope that the flame of reading continues to burn strong so that everyone can experience the true magic in reading.