In recent times, reading as a hobby has taken a back
seat to playing computer games and watching television. This is
especially true for teenagers today. Most of them find reading books boring. In
fact, young people should be encouraged to read more as reading has many
benefits that other hobbies may not have.
One benefit of reading is that it
improves our language. Books are a great way to learn new words and expand our
vocabulary. When we read, we come across new words. The new words become
familiar as we encounter them repeatedly in our reading. We learn how to use
these words correctly and they become a part of our vocabulary. Having a good
vocabulary enables us to express ourselves better both in speaking and in
In addition to language, reading also improves our general knowledge. Through
reading, we can learn a lot about people, places and events among other things.
A person who reads a lot may even know more about a country he has never
set foot on compared to someone who has
actually visited the place. A lot of information can be discovered in reading
materials like newspapers, magazines, travel books, instructional manuals and
story books. General knowledge is useful. It helps us to write and speak better.
We become more knowledgeable and more interesting people.
Besides improving our language and general knowledge, reading is also an
entertaining pastime and helps reduce stress. Books are creative works. They can
open up a new world to us. They stimulate our imagination and draw us into the
world created by the book. Many readers find it hard to put down a book once
they start reading. A well-written story is suspenseful
and exciting. The reader can hardly wait to get to the ending. This form of
entertainment is healthy and good for our minds.
In conclusion, reading is an entertaining hobby that holds many potential
benefits for the reader. Reading is especially beneficial for students as it
improves their language and general knowledge which will help them perform
better in their examinations. Furthermore, reading helps lessen stress. These
are sufficient reasons to take up reading as a hobby.