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‘Greater social media usage dips book reading culture’

‘Greater social media usage dips book reading culture’

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5 Dec 2023 - 20:21
‘Greater social media usage dips book reading culture’
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5 Dec 2023 - 20:21

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): Some youth and bookstores sellers in western Herat province while referring to the lack of public interest in reading said unlimited use of social media was the reason behind declining youth interest in book reading.

Rashid Eshaqzai, one of the Herat youths told Pajhwok Afghan News, unfortunately, youth interest in study had declined and this has several reasons such as the use of social media.

He said reading was key to individual an social change and if education centres are reopened and youth were provided with work opportunities they could return to book reading again.

Abdul Muntaqam Etesami, another Herat Youth, said the culture of book reading had declined in Herat and said the continuation of this culture would have worst consequences.

He believed when the culture of book reading declines in a society, it become illiterate and if youth could control their time and allocate the wasted time to the study it would being a massive change in the society.

He said the lack of books study had promoted in youth and it was because of unemployment and their disappointment from their future.

He said it was government’s responsibility to support universities, educational centres and encourage youths for their future in different areas.

Experts also believed that the development of a society was connected with books reading and this habit decided the success of a society.

Abdul Wasai Jamai Alhmadi, one of the cultural activists in Herat, said that human being with the help of books reading could decide his direction in this world and in the hereafter.

Ahmad, head of the Ahrari Publisher, said unfortunately, the sale of books had declined to the greater extent and most youth are busy in activities or in social media tools.

He said another reason behind this issue was deteriorating economic condition of families due to which a small number of people turned for buy books.

He said: “Two years ago, we used to sell tens of books every day, but now sometimes we don’t have customers or we don’t sell more than one or two volumes every day.”

Mawlavi Abdul Hameed Geyasi, head of the Cultur and Art section at the Cultural and Information Department, said: “Many times we have expressed our concern on this issue and unfortunately sometimes it is seen that if a young person spends many hours in the social media, it causes health problems for him.”

He added book has its own place, no matter how much technology advances, it cannot take the place of the book.

It should be noted that due to the decline of youth’s interest books reading and their attention towards social networks, several publications with a history of more than one and a half decades will also end their work in this province.


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