|▲ World Book Day
April 23rd is World Book Day. World Book Day is a day that UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) decided to do a reading promotion of cosmopolitan in UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) in 1995. The formal title is World Book and Copyright Day. We can't miss nor underestimate the importance of books having an analog characteristic, even in online society. This is because the benefits that books have are tremendous. What effects do books and reading have to the point of honoring them with an official day?
Reading has positive effects to the extent that it is being recognized as an important activity consistently. First of all, we can learn unknown things through reading. Thus, reading is a good way in which we can build up backgrounds of knowledge. While reading books, we can also have inner conversations time to look into ourselves. This is why reading can make us grow up more and become more mature. Our own values and worldviews are established through the process of growing up. Reading makes us broaden our views of the world and shows the effects of improving empathic ability in engaging with people. Long sentences in books enhance speaking and writing skills in a society that pursues fast, simple, and convenient consumption. Additionally, reading a variety of text has effects on improving creativity.
According to the National Reading Survey by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism Republic of Korea in 2021, over the past year (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021), the annual comprehensive reading rate of adults was 47.5%, and the annual comprehensive reading volume was 4.5 books, respectively, down from 2019. However, the reading rate of those in their 20s (over 19 years old and under 29 years old) was 78.1%, an increase of 0.3% as compared to 2019. Additionally, it is said that the reading rate and reading volume were high compared to all adult age groups. Like this, it shows that the reading degree of interest in young people in their 20s is increasing by little increments. On top of this, we listened to the voice of An Seong-eun students in our university.
Q: Please introduce yourself.
An: Hello, I'm An Seong-eun. I am a student of the 22nd Class and majoring in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Changwon National University.
Q: How many books do you usaually read within a month?
An: I usually read a book in a month.
Q: What genre of books do you often read?
An: I often read a psychological book, magazine, or novel.
Q: Why do you choose to read a book?
An: I read a book in my spare time, so that I don't waste my time. Also, the time spent reading a book is valuable time, in order to build up my mental nourishment and ability.
Q: What are your reading habits?
An: If I find an interesting book, I use spare time to read it completely. Additionally, if I find a message that is resonating with me in a book, I have a habit of writing it down in a memo.
We spend a significant amount of time watching our smartphones in digital society. We often avoid a book that has long texts because we want and usually use short, clear, and fast things, however, reading has various beneficial good influences in our life. On World Book Day, why don't you check your reading habits and get closer to the students who have avoided reading, starting with an easy-to-burden book in the field of interest? It will also be important to actively habituate and implement a routine for reading in your own way, such as using reading as a means to rest in a complex society.
By Park Seong-eun,cub-reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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