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why We No Longer Read Books

October 16, 2012

Genre: Non-fiction/Young adult/Children

Also Known as: Disappearance of book reading in the lives of children, growing youths and adults in Africa and other parts of the world

Word count: 3734


This is not limited to the black race alone. In fact, these days, races of the world seem to have a relatively complacent attitude towards reading;from the growing infants to young adults, particularly juveniles(teenagers).


Why We No Longer Read Books is a rare-to-find masterpiece that sheds light on reasons book-reading culture has declined over the years. It asserts the fact that book-reading culture decline is not only limited to the black race, a contradiction of the notions of many peoples of the world. However, it maintains a stance that book reading in the form of acquired qualitative information is the bedrock behind man’s witty inventions, wealth and other virtues of benefit to humanity.

Interestingly, Why We No Longer Read Books concludes, following the Shakespearean assertion: ‘If you are not informed, you are deformed’, that one of the factors, distinguishing an individual at present and in future is the quality of books read.

The target audience is the youth and it is very marketable in book stores, as an educational material and a home package. Also, libraries and other education-supporting outfits can find this classic very useful. Therefore your assistance towards the publication of this great work will be appreciated. Without a doubt, profitability and world fame await you.


Chapter One

                                       Reason One

Parental Incompetence

The saying: ‘charity begins at home’ is unequivocally correct. Precisely, the saying can simply be put this way: ‘book-reading culture starts from the home-front’. Therefore, the chief residents of the home, that is, parents, play pivotal roles in properly nurturing their children or wards in the light of book reading. In other words, inculcating the attitude of book reading in children is a demanding task parents meet.

However, it has been observed that modern-day parents have somewhat forgotten the importance of inculcating the book reading culture in the growing years of their children. Rather, they either subjugate them to doing other things like carrying out house chores; typical of  parents in third-world countries or by liberal standards, allow their children go beyond the limits of watching T.Vs during the nights, surfing the internet without stern supervision or attending parties regularly. These dispositions by parents towards their children do not favour the thriving of the essentially important and should-be-appreciated book reading culture.

The inability of parents to properly nurture their children in the recognition of the culture of book reading is vividly a factor responsible for intellectual deficiency in children’s ability to comprehend what they are taught in and off the classroom. A situation where a parent cannot inculcate the habit of book reading in the growing years of his or her children or wards will automatically anticipate intellectually and information-deficient adults who will pose liabilities to the societies they find themselves.

As a parent, imagine a situation where your children are fond of watching T.V programmes, depicting obscene and uneducative messages instead of paying rapt attention to their books. Without strict supervision, what do you expect of your children when they become adults?

The Holy Bible warns parents to train their children the way they ought to go. In other words, the wisest book admonishes parents to diligently impose values essential to their proper physical, mental, social and spiritual development. These values can verily be found in books because the bible is a divinely written and inspiration-based book Thus, equipping children with the right social, physical and spiritual values entails the involvement of parents to diligently inculcate inevitable values to their children by habituating them to edifying books e.g. the Holy bible, Quran and so on. Sincerely, how many parents have come to the cognizance of this truth?

A factor that encourages parental incompetence, paving the way for the decline of book reading in children is the imbalance of the home. A home where parents whose visions are diverted will experience division which brings about complacency in the attitude of their children towards reading. Also, a home where there is a single parent (single mother or father) as the chief resident will without a doubt not be able to properly enforce the culture of book reading on its children, perhaps, owing to pressing socio-economic demands. No wonder children whose remarkable performances are accountable to the mutual and painstaking efforts of their parents to discipline them in the light of reading quality books, instrumental for their academic excellence. On the other hand, the reverse becomes the case to children with low academic performances.


Therefore, the home, a nucleus or foundational block of any society, should recognize the vital role of its chief residents, the parents (precisely, the man and wife or better yet, mother and father) in the proper nurturing of their children physically, socially and spiritually towards raising responsible and productive individual for the society. This feat can be achieved by primarily identifying with the lifestyle or culture of book reading.

Interestingly, children learn fast from things they easily gain access to knowing this fact; it is disheartening why many parents directly or indirectly allow their wards to have access to certain materials or technologies whose messages portray decadence without strictly  ‘sieving’ what they access. Instead of watching uneducative and negatively entertainment programmes on air, why can’t parents take their time to monitor and shape the thinking towards positively entertaining and edifying programmes? Remember, the joy of parents is to see their children excel in their endeavours. The possibility is a reality only if they can place them during their growing years the diet of book reading.

To this moment, you, as an adult, are a product of your past experiences. More importantly, you are a reflection of values acquired through the growing years of human development (infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood), primarily through the books you read and company you keep. The quality of thoughts and actions you possess is therefore a result of the culmination of past experiences, predominately a function of childhood experiences spelt out in the kind of books you read in relation to the interaction with your peers and people around you.


I could remember a friend of mine in primary school whose parents were always busy that they rarely give him attention. Rather, they diligently sought for monetary and material possession. He was left alone at the mercy of a spoilt housemaid who pampered him with excess obscene materials; magazines, nude pictures of herself and X-rated videos. At a tender age of six, he was exposed to different immoral acts.


In school, it was precisely a fateful Friday morning when our class teacher asked each pupil the question: ‘what is the capital of Norway’? Luckily for me, i have at the time mastered most countries’ capitals in Europe. When it got to my turn, i replied ‘Oslo!’ Funny enough, he replied, ‘eroticity!’, when asked the same question.

At the end of the class, after being asked a series of questions by our head teacher who was told about the development, it was discovered he watched porn movies ardently and what he writes in his books and communicate to his peers are words associated with pornography, a reflection of the information acquired watching the movies. Also, our head teacher discovered his complacent attitude towards reading quality books given to him.


Later, our head teacher summoned his parents to explain reasons behind the not-good character of their child. After all said and done, he had to go through intense rehabilitation and subsequent efforts such as habituating him in the light of book reading and subsequent efforts were geared by his parents and our teachers to ensure behavioural change.

Today, he is grateful for the effort made by his parents. As i write this work piece, he is a responsible married man, humanitarian and successful business man.


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