posted on Jan, 16 2010 @ 03:54 PM
reply to post by badgerprints
A few years ago while my wife and I were house hunting, we (both keen readers and book hoarders) were amazed at how few homes had ANY books,
especially fiction, or even bookcases in them.
After our son was born, and we finally moved in, we made a deliberate point of giving our books as much if not more prominence in our main living
areas as say the TV or computer, bookcases gallore! We both feel that our parents doing the same could well have influenced us more than we first
Then we found people expressing things like 'my husband won't have bookcases downstairs' or 'do you really read them again once you've first read
I'm glad to say reading, and enjoying books is a permanent feature of our home, and we all love them. I am very suspicious about the long term
effects of the apparent abandonment of physical books for electronic media.
I also suspect a similar issue may be brewing with the growing disconnection between the extended exploration and refinement of handwriting into late
teens (which was unavoidable for most until quite recently) with a too frequent and premature substitution by typed, word-processor assisted and semi
automated electronic input, even for those who proceed well in other areas through their education. I suspect it may also be contributing to stunted
grammatical and spelling skills and knowledge for a coming generation, as increasingly evidenced by so many appalling errors, even in professionally