Reading Comprehension! Where Did It Go? #Rant

Reading Comprehension! Where Did It Go? #Rant

Over the past few days, I’ve come to realize that many people seem to have lost their ability to truly comprehend and retain what they read.

What leads me to this realization?

Well, let me speak on it…

The first thing that began me thinking on the subject is the ways in which people respond to simple guidelines or instructions.

No matter how I do it when putting out guidelines someone will inevitably submit something to me which I must either return, fix myself, or delete because it doesn’t meet the requirements I’ve set.

Another thing that has me drawing this conclusion is the ways in which people respond in the comment sections of the posts they read.

On Monday, and again yesterday, I put out an information post on Campbell and his current condition. I wrote in very specific detail concerning what is wrong with him and I cannot count the comments that have come to me in which people have written, “Oh poor Campbell, I hope he gets better soon.”

It’s maddening. I know they mean well, but the reality of this situation is that Campbell is not going to get better.

We may, if we’re extremely lucky get a very short reprieve. But, within a very short time, no matter what is done Campbell will succom to this illness. There is no way around it.

But, it’s not just my followers that do these things.

Just today, I read a post from someone who wrote quite plainly about their being in hospital and lo and behold even though the person wrote in a detailed manner, some of the comments I read have me shaking my head in wonder.

What do I think is causing this horrid phenomemon?

I think it is a combination of Texting, Memes, Info Graphics, and too blasted much stimulation and a serious lack of awareness.

This constant infernal need for instant gratification has made it so that if someone can’t look at a picture, read a two to four lined meme with a cute cartoon, or some wordless graphic, they have not one blessed clue how to manage.

I know for sure now that I am getting old. I long for the days when our children were encouraged to read books, and adults were seen carrying paperbacks in their back pockets with regularity.

I sometimes wish the Smartphone had never been invented, and I’ve come to loath instant messaging.

I imagine there will be some who will barely skim this message and will without doubt not have one flipping clue what I’m on about.

People turn off all the damned noise, and teach your brain to think about what it is seeing.

Until next time this is Patty who is fed up with today’s society, and King Campbell who says he mightily agrees.

May Harmony find you and blessid be.

2 Comments

  1. Ah, what you described has been a problem for over fifty years. In the book, Language in Thought and Action, a 1949 book on semantics, Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, based on his previous work Language in Action (1939). I had my first course in academic writing as a freshmen university student (English major) in 1971.the book was our primary resource and was so valuable II remember it all these years later.

    Early editions were written in consultation with different people. The 5th edition was published in 1991. It was updated by Hayakawa’s son, Alan R. Hayakawa and has an introduction by Robert MacNeil. The book has sold over one million copies and has been translated into eight languages.

    He refers to the amount of verbal and written stimulation that we are bombarded with as standing in Niagara Falls. We are standing in a Niagara Falls of words – imagine what he would say now. Lynda

    1. I imagine he would not be amused.

      What I find most helpful is to take a silent time out for one hour three times each day. This means that everything gets turned off. I have nothing on. No phone. No TV. No Radio. No Music. No Nothing! I sometimes do work. I sometimes take a walk. Sometimes, wait for it, I sometimes, sit and do nothing.

      Can you imagine it? Doing Nothing? People cannot seem to do that.

      I find however that if I do this three times each day for one whole hour my mind is more able to cope with all the stimulation.

      People really should have silent time.

      Thanks for reading and blessid be for understanding.

      Patty L. Fletcher

      Self-Published Author and Social Media Promotional Assistant

      Email: patty.volunteer1@gmail.com

      Website: http://www.campbellsworld.wordpress.com/ .

      Food For Thought

      We all are the Light, automatically. So we really don’t have to go too much further than that. We all have a Light within us – it is the Soul; it is that spark of God, of the Divine, that activates our consciousness.

      -John-Roger, DSS

      Source: New Day Herald website

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