Now Is a Good Time to Read for Joy, Not Productivity

Type the hashtag “bookstagram” into Instagram and you’ll find over 40.5 million posts dedicated to reading. These photos evoke a dreamy world of steaming teacups, stacked paperbacks and cozy blankets. It beckons you to slow down and lose yourself between the pages — and it feels especially comforting now, when we’re facing deep anxiety and uncertainty.

Then there’s the startup world. Founders repeatedly hear that success requires a superhuman reading habit. Bill Gates reads about 50 books each year. Investor Mark Cuban logs more than three hours a day reading. Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett are also dedicated readers. Author and entrepreneur Tim Ferriss will even teach you how to triple your reading speed, just so you can plow through more books.

As if doing business now isn’t challenging enough, we’re still counting books along with our steps, macros, sleep hours and toilet paper rolls. At the same time, 27 percent of U.S. adults say they didn’t read a book — in any format or genre — in 2018. There’s a huge disconnect here.

Original article here.

Author: georged31093

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