How to Rediscover the Joy of Reading in this Age of Digital Distractions

A friend was recently lamenting that no one he knows reads anymore.


And why is that, I asked.

“Everyone is busy scrolling down their social media feeds. Where is the time to sit down with a good book and read?”

While it is true that reading sometimes takes a backseat in this digital age – with our online lives taking a big chunk of our leisure time – it is also true that many of us are consciously making the time to relax with our favourite book. 


Perhaps because we are so overwhelmed with all the information targeted at us online that we are returning to unplugged activities like reading.

And ironically, social media seems to be driving the trend for those looking to rediscover the joy of reading! Remember the gorgeous Instagram posts about books that show up in our feeds? Or the numerous blogs and online book clubs enticing us to pick up a book again?

When I was growing up, there was no source of entertainment in our home – we didn’t even have a TV – and cellphones were yet to be invented. As a result, I read voraciously, not only because there were so many undiscovered worlds between the pages of my favourite books but also because there was nothing else to do!