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Books Offers More Than Entertainment

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FHS Sophomore, Taylor Garrow, reading a classic, The Lord of the Rings, in the library.

FHS Sophomore, Taylor Garrow, reading a classic, The Lord of the Rings, in the library.

FHS Sophomore, Taylor Garrow, reading a classic, The Lord of the Rings, in the library.

Connor Dejacacion, Contributor

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As children and young adults begin to drift away from traditional, paper-based literature, many are concerned about the transition to short, bite-sized electronic segments. The attention span of the average teenager has decreased from twenty seconds in 2000 to eight seconds, which is less than that of a goldfish. Many modern teenagers seem content with their Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter feeds which can only offer short spurts of electronic pleasure.

Schools are putting up a fight, however, and library visitation is steady. Students still enjoy all sorts of paper books, from classics to contemporary novels. Both boys and girls still find pleasure in reading.

Samantha Norton, a junior, is a die-hard reader. “I really love the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling.” said Samantha. “She makes the characters really unique and the storyline is so wonderfully written.”

Reading is something to enjoy, like ice cream, but reading also serves a valuable role on an academic front. Former English teacher and current Frisco High School librarian Mindy Purcell knows how helpful reading can be. “I’d have to say the biggest benefit of reading is that the more you read, the better you are going to be at writing,” she says. “Reading is also a great way to improve your vocabulary.” 

While some teens lounge about on their phones killing time on social media, students like Samantha are improving their writing skills by reading books. Picking a story you like can go a long way to helping you in more ways than expected.

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  1. Melic Belong on October 12th, 2017 8:53 pm

    This article is great!!! Keep up the good work!

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