Your Brain Needs A Workout Too!

For the passed few weeks, my peers & I have been discussing the same question,

WHY SHOULD I READ?

For some, reading is a hobby and an escape. For others, it’s a daunting chore. My reason I chose to expand upon was that reading gives your brain a workout.

The mental task of reading words on a page, processing them, hearing the voice in your head, creating a picture in your mind, and following a plot is not only a mouthful but a nice stretch for your noggin.

The discussion started off by everyone agreeing that reading is a stretch for your brain, but that wasn’t a convincing enough reason to pick up a book outside of class.

DOES WATCHING MOVIES WORK YOUR BRAIN OUT TOO? – JOHN MIELE

But what about movies? Isn’t following the character plot working out your brain too?

We came to the conclusion that movie watching does work out your brain a bit, but not to the same extent. While reading, you are narrating for yourself. The picture is not shown in front of you. It is the readers job to imagine the setting in which everything takes place.

WHAT ABOUT AUDIOBOOKS?

I brought up audiobooks as a potential middle ground. My teacher commented saying that reading along with the audio can help create that “little voice in your head” that makes you a strong reader.

Some students sided with Nick in saying they prefer books over audiobooks. Avery said the voice throws her off more than anything. Some agreed with Ben in that audiobooks are enjoyable but not enough of a reason to read. And the rest agreed with Skylar in that the voice of the narrator gives context and emotion to the story when it may be hard to find it yourself.

I’VE NEVER VIEWED READING AS BEING AS IMPORTANT AS IT REALLY IS. THIS MAKES ME WANT TO GIVE MY BRAIN THE WORKOUT IT DESERVES AND READ SOMETHING I CAN ENJOY. – AVERY SEMKOW

Nobody goes to the gym every day, and its okay to have a cheat day sometimes. That’s the way it is with books and movies. Books will stimulate your brain and work it a little harder than movies will. But that doesn’t mean never to curl up for a two hour movie.

I hope that my reading reason made one person think twice about logging into Netflix & instead turning to pick up a book & show their mind some love.

Here is the link to the article I read before this presentation.

http://www.oprah.com/health/how-reading-can-improve-your-memory

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