No, Scrolling Through Social Media is Not Reading

When it comes to reading, the stats are scary. A 2013 study reported that twenty-eight percent of respondents had not read a single book in the past year. Zero, nada, not a one. And only twenty percent had read between eleven and fifty books. This is both sad and alarming.

Today we have access to more knowledge than at any other time in human history. We can learn about the latest breakthroughs in science or the history of a country we may never visit. Everything we read fills our heads with new information, and better prepares us to tackle any challenge that life or work may throw at us.

Reading feeds the brain, sparks the imagination, reduces stress, and is just plain good for you. Try starting each day by reading for at least fifteen minutes. You’ll be surprised at how much more focused you are the rest of the day.

I have been reading since the age of four, so I am a bit biased in my belief that reading is a key to living a success filled life. That said, I cannot think of a successful person that I know who does not read on a regular basis. In fact, I just read that eighty-eight percent of wealthy people read thirty minutes or more each day for education or career reasons versus two percent of the poor.

When Warren Buffett started his investing career, he would read six hundred to one thousand pages a day. Even now, he still spends about eighty percent of his day reading.