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Use of social media sites grows; reading culture declines

Use of social media sites grows; reading culture declines

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Jan 24, 2019 - 13:50

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Some officials, civil societyinfo-icon activists and students in western Farah province on Thursday expressed deep concern at the dwindling culture of reading among youth, something that has spawned a variety of problems.

Information and Culture Director Benyamin Rahimi told Pajhwok Afghan News around 50 people visited the public library on a daily basis. But most of them lack access to the Internet and do not know how to use social media accounts.

According to him, the culture of reading among youth has been on the decline in the province. Currently, less than five individuals evinced an interest in visiting the provincial public library a week, Rahimi said.

The use of Internet and social platforms was effective, the official said, asking youth to avoid wasting their precious time on using such networks excessively. The Internet and social accounts could not give them the information they could get from books, he argued.

Rahimi urged the rising generation to learn from youth of developed countries, who continued to read books of different genres with religious regularity. As a result, he added, the reading culture remained strong in those countries.

Fazal Ahmad, the public library director, told Pajhwok the number of visitors had decreased over the past few years. The library has more than 6,000 books on different subjects and offers visitors an appropriate for reading.

A number of youth, meanwhile, confirmed the growing use of the internet as a source of information and social networks such as Facebook for entertainment was the reason behind the decreasing habit of book reading among them.

Nazir Ahmad, a student of the Educationinfo-icon Faculty who is interested in uses relies on the Internet in acquiring information relevant to his lessons, said he was confused about whether to buy books or visit the public library.

Ismail, a student of law and political science at a private university, said: “At times, teachers give us assignments; we mostly use the Internet to find the information needed to complete the project. Because of laziness, they eschew looking for similar information in the library.

Farooq Barak, a civil society activist, believed the declining love of book reading among youth was a matter of a concern. He said a majority of the youth had been busy surfing the Internet merely for entertainment, not learning.

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