Reading has diverse benefits ranging from health, psychology, cognition, amongst others. However, not measuring the amount and the type of information we take in might expose us to dangers rather than benefits. Read on to find out the dangers of reading too much.
Too much reading affects the brain:
Just like your mobile device begins to malfunction when it has too many applications on it, the same applies to the human brain. Though the brain can revive neurons since it is flexible, it, however, cannot store every information we try to store in it at once. It is dangerous to fill the brain with so much information at once as the brain will find it difficult to know which of the information to prioritize over another.
Too much reading makes the brain less productive:
When the brain is clogged with too much information at once, it hampers its naturally creative and productive capacity. Prof. Bertram Gross rightly notes that “decision-makers have limited cognitive processing capacity… after reading so much”.
Too much reading affects our social life:
When we spend so much time reading, we tend to get used to fictional humans than real-life humans. We prefer pleasure derived from books to engaging in other physical activities or socializing with friends.
Reading too much deprives you of sleep:
While reading may be good, it is important to note that not getting adequate sleep makes the body prone to health challenges. If you must read at night, be sure to dedicate a time that will not affect your appropriate sleep hours.
To avoid the impending dangers of reading too much, you should :
- Learn to be disciplined about your reading time.
- Choose your reading materials wisely. Not all information out there is meant to be devoured by you. Francis Bacon states, ” Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously and some to be read wholly and with diligence and attention “.
- Try to connect the concept you learn to reality. That way you make your brain even more productive.
- Take breaks from heavy readings especially books that demand extensive analysis.
Chima Rachael J.