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  • Poole Espinoza posted an update 7 months ago

    I am a bit of an oddball among writers, since i don’t condemn the tv set. On the contrary, I believe everyone, and particularly serious writers, should watch lots of TV, including TV comedies and dramas, because the audio/visual format offers a perspective that you simply can’t get from reading the sunday paper. This flies facing the most popular rant, that TV is really a scourge that needs to be eliminated on the entertainment landscape.

    However, the latest trend is to watch more TV plus more movies and study less, then when one reads, to learn non-fiction instead of fiction. The issues given vary from "Reading is hard" to "Novels are uninformative." What most people don’t understand would be that the written word, and fiction in particular, provides benefits you cannot get from other media. For example:

    Reading fiction may help you improve your manners. A 2008 study by Raymond Mar learned that people that read more fiction score higher on tests of empathy and social acumen, and that individuals who find out more non-fiction score lower. This is perhaps because through fiction, you go through the characters’ social interactions and relationships in a way impossible with many non-fiction.

    Reading fiction stimulates the imagination. While reading fiction, your head reconstructs each scene in considerably more detail than the author described it. It will so by visualizing the non-existent people and places in the story, often basing these visualizations on actual people and places you have often seen. This is the human power to imagine, to daydream, to invest, to ponder. The ability to imagine separates us from other animals. It helps us to strategize, to organize, to reason, to learn, to make a better world than existed before.

    Books be cheaper hour-for-hour of entertainment than movies or DVD’s. Particularly in tight economic times, it makes sense to foster the enjoyment of written fiction. For a similar amount a 2-hour movie or DVD costs, you can obtain a book that can entertain you for many days, or weeks. Or you can borrow it from the local library totally free.

    Reading relieves stress, and does not overstimulate like TV can. Modern television programming was created to capture your attention by constantly pinging your mind with abrupt sounds and transitions. This gears your mind up and creates stress. Research in the University of Sussex learned that reading is effective in reducing levels of stress by up to 68 percent. Or as cognitive neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis input it, "Losing yourself within a book may be the ultimate relaxation."

    Fiction permits us to enter into the narrative, imagine ourselves there, in ways that non-fiction can’t. A biography has already been finished before starting reading it, because it’s of a real person. Although you may have no idea of the specific good reputation for a particular biographical figure, biographies are seldom revealed losers, whereas the loser is the staple with the fictional story. Or jointly English teacher from Wichita, Kansas place it, "Fiction’s unknowability causes it to become a tremendous amount like Life even as has it."

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