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Book reading habit diminishing due to excessive use of ICT.

ISLAMABAD -- The book reading habit has been diminishing as information and communication technology (ICT)'s use has been increasing among the people of all walks of life with every passing day.

According to a research carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 75% of the population does not read any book while nine percent are enthusiastic readers.

Talking to reporter on Thursday visitors of a local book store here at F-6 sector said major reason of decline in the habit of book reading was use of mobile phone and social media, that had engaged the youth and limited their recreational activities.

Fatima Qureshi said it was the bitter fact that the reading culture was dying in Pakistan day by day and youth were more prone to technology.

The extraordinary usage of the cellular phones, gadgets, electronic devices, and excessive use of social media along with online games had replaced and discouraged the book reading habit, she added.

Imran Ali another visitor was of the view that atmosphere of reading books was affected due to shortage of libraries as books had become costly and unaffordable.

Saeed Khan pointed out that if parents and teachers enlighten and motivate students, habit of book reading could be developed.

'Parents should adopt story telling tradition at their homes and teachers in the classrooms,' he added.

Aliya Imran said book fairs and literature festivals must be held in routine to promote the reading culture in the country.

On contrary, she highlighted that access of technology was not the hurdle to adapt reading habit because a lot of literature, portable document files, e-books, magazines, articles and research journals were accessible due to technology.

She said habit of reading books lifts up mood, reduces stress level and helps to eliminate anxiety and depression,

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:May 17, 2019
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