Reading is one of the important skill everyone have and if we develop it by making reading good books as a hobby, a lot of positive changes will happens to our life. Through reading, we not only attain knowledge about what was written in it but also develop our mind by improving our memory, focus and concentration, strong analytical thinking skills, vocabulary expansion, stress reduction and so on. Benefits we get by reading a single book are priceless. So it is important to have a habit of reading from childhood itself.
In earlier times, schools provided better libraries to students for improving their reading skills and knowledge. Such Libraries having calmed and peace atmosphere will made the readers to be more involved and concentrated in their reading. Lot of public libraries was also available in those times. Such library not only helps to access good books but also cause to form great human relations between those who came there. Visiting library and spending time there was a part of their life habitat at that time.
But today, as a result of development in technology and social media, people’s approach to reading and books are also changed. Everyone is busy with their own life matters and they have no time to spend in libraries and all. Also every information they needed are now getting in front of them through internet just by one click. Thereby traditional way of reading is now changed into digital reading. Books are changed into E-book. As the name suggests, E-books means electronic book, which is the electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read by personal computer or any other kind of reading devices. Now a day people who loves reading are more attracted towards this. Because it is very simple and easy to purchase e books through the internet. Once you downloaded it, you can read it at any time you wish without internet connection. It is very helpful to all who don’t have time to spend in library or other book store for purchasing books. One of the positive sides of eBooks is that it needs less space and it is portable. It is very easy to carry hundreds of books within a memory card, laptop or other storage device not worrying about their weight.
Here the question arises Does this e reading affects critical thinking of students. There is less chance to happen so. Because critical thinking means the ability to think clearly and independently. One who is interested in reading will read whatever good books he gets. Whether it is printed books or eBooks doesn’t become a problem here. All maters here is what they read and how comfort he is with that. E-Book reading doesn’t restrict one’s critical thinking. Because technology is one of the best platform to clear all your doubts and also to express your suggestion and opinions. How you utilizing it matters here. If you over depend on technology, it will badly affects your thinking capability. But if you use it in a good way, it will definitely improve your critical thinking capability and encourage you more towards reading by providing the best information.