ISLAMABAD: The book reading habits among the youth have witnessed a sharp decline due to the extensive use of Information Technology (IT) including electronic gadgets such as cell phone, television, radio, computer, Internet, tablet, and iPad.
Talking to APP, the Ph.D researcher, Liaqat Ali at International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) said here on Tuesday that our education system and reading practices at classroom level are not encouraging students to develop their reading habits or taste for general reading.
Another research scholar, Muhammad Husnain, said that gone are the days when students used to read on street and candle lights till late night.
These days, most of the students go for short cuts.
He said most of the students go for short notes from Wikipedia and other websites just to pass their exams. In the bookstalls too, the students usually found searching only for guess papers, guide books, and answer keys.
They just get surface knowledge, however, most of them lack deep understanding about their subjects, he added.
Head of the English Language Center (ELC), IIUI, Dr. Muhammad Sheeraz said that reading is a receptive skill which should be used for developing critical thinking and comprehension has not been given due importance in the curriculum.
He said that libraries play a significant role in developing `reading culture’ among the students.
However, these days, book reading culture is becoming obsolete as hardly a few students can be seen even in the national level libraries of the federal capital.
Waseem Shah, a student of NUML University said that in urban setting, people don’t have enough space to keep printing books. It is better to go for e-book reading from electronic devices.
He said that the youth spends most of their timings either surfing on internet, using social media including facebook, twitter, linkedin, and blogging, good reads etc. They make access to books, newspapers, and other reading materials on Internet, but it is hard to read from the screen of electronic gadgets for a long time. Extensive reading practice from the screen also affects eye sight of the readers, he added.