First, why did you decided to begin reading this blog post? Was the title interesting? Do you have a level of expectation that you hope reading this entry might fulfill? What type of content do you expect this post might have? Was this post suggested to you by someone who thought you might enjoy it?
These are the questions that any reader automatically asks themselves before they read anything. If I went up to anyone and asked why they were reading a certain type of medium, whether it be a book or some text messages sent by a friend, they will always ask themselves one of these questions.
Now, why is this important to know? Whenever we pick up something to read, we want the content to do one (or more) of three things:
If we read something that doesn't do one of the three, there really is no point in reading at all.
In June of 2015, The Reading Agency did a study of 'the power of reading for pleasure and empowerment'.
External Outcomes - Knowledge of other Cultures
For Entertainment purposes, the Knowledge of other Cultures can just be used to learn. I, personally, know of many individuals who would pick up a history book of another country just because they were curious about their life and what they had to do for society.
Social Outcomes - Relatedness.
To understand this concept, we first have to ask, what does the world 'relate' mean?
We could literally reading anything - fiction, nonfiction, research papers, etc. - that could connect with us and relate to us in ways that it wouldn't to others. It honestly depends on the person and the reading material.
Personal Outcomes - Emotional Intelligence
I like to read fantasy novels, but my favorite type of novels are Old English novels like Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Emma by Jane Austen, Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, etc. Since these are Historical Fictions, 1) I have a perspective of what society was like back then, 2) I can relate to the characters (as every character is just an extension of the author writing them), and 3) I grow my personal identity as I find characters that have a specific trait that I want to obtain and grow.
These are reasons, along with many more, of why we should read.
Thanks for reading friends!