Weekly Question: CAN KIDS READ SO MUCH THAT IT BECOMES UNHEALTHY?

Obviously, too much of anything can become a problem. Cotton Candy is seemingly fun and innocent until we eat seventeen bags and lick our fingers clean, ending in a stomach ache. But, can something as beneficial as reading be a problem if done to an extreme?

Easy answer for me. Yes. Now, I do believe spending lots of time reading is a good thing, assuming the right material is being read, but there is a tipping point. Take the socially awkward person who needs more face to face encounters, but opts to instead keep his nose in a book. They may be socially awkward because of the reading, or they may be big readers because they’re socially awkward. My point is, I believe we should step outside of our comfort zones from time-to-time and if we don’t, then we’re stuck in our current situations. 

But, I’d be curious to know how much is too much… People spend ALL day inside playing video games. If stuck with only those two options, video games or reading, then I’d much rather my own children suffer the consequences of reading ALL day over playing video games. 

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One Comment on “Weekly Question: CAN KIDS READ SO MUCH THAT IT BECOMES UNHEALTHY?

  1. As someone who once spent an entire Spring break doing almost nothing but read The Lord of the Rings, yes. Since I was trained to be a therapist, I’m way too familiar with how disorders are diagnosed. Virtually all of them have the criteria that symptoms must be impacting 2 of 3 major areas of life (work, school, home). Based on that alone, if reading is negatively impacting one’s life, it most definitely is too much. Also, reading can induce eye strain and other fun discomforts (my own eyesight rapidly degenerated due to reading). I have fond memories of that one Spring break, but I also remember my mom giving me one of her few serious talks about needing to eat, sleep, do homework, and engage with the family. As good as reading is, it can become too much. The same can really be said of anything else. Even too much water consumption can be bad.

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