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Reading Books is a Waste of Time

Discussion in 'Book Talk' started by hotspur, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. hotspur

    hotspur Active Member

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    As someone who has deliberately wasted their life I think that reading books is vastly underrated as a way of wasting time.

    Most people think television is the bigger waste of time but watching old programmes on YouTube has
    taught me that it probably isn't.

    I can't be bothered to give all the reasons why reading books is a waste of time and anyway I doubt that anyone on here cares-I know you so well,ha.

    So I will just give the main reason.

    You only ever remember about 1% -yes 1 fucking % of almost any book you read.

    Fuck that!
  2. ONEDUNME

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    the purpose of reading most books is to be entertained. you don't need to remember the whole text once it's finished .

    anyone who thinks that reading books is a waste of time is a retard.


    And where did you get the information that you only remember 1% of what you read in a book? Did you read it in a book? or maybe learn it from the internet ?

    90% of the information on the internet is incorrect.

    I read it in a book
  3. ONEDUNME

    ONEDUNME Administrator

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    You have got one thing right though - nobody on here cares about your opinion
  4. traeth

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    A book that I read about 10 days ago, I can honestly say that I remember over 70% of the book.
    I read the book in less than 3 days.
    Hotspur can you guess the book
  5. ONEDUNME

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    Was it "How to improve your memory"?

    I bought that one once but i left it on a train
  6. winrew

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    Jesus wept , reading is a fantastic way to broaden the mind and educate yourself.
    Manage two books a week at least , i can remember far more than 1%.
    I positively encouraged my kids to read and now do the same with the gran kids.

    Just finished the book Debriefing the President , brilliant read.
  7. slick

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    I'm not really a book reader, probably because If I pick a good one up I find it hard to put down and do fcuk all much else until I finish it.
    I'm more of a holiday reader too in that I tend to read books while lazying around the pool or apartment, once I get home I probably won't touch another until my next hols.

    Reading books to kids is great Winrew, it brings them on leaps and bounds, even if you end up reading a favourite book of theirs over and over again lol.
  8. Steve_uk

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    I wonder how people have time to read today with the demands from the employer, the traffic queues, the bureaucracy and the strain of conducting business via internet instead of face to face, the pressure of bringing up a family and the enervating effort of keeping up with the Jones's. I cannot help but recall a copy of the Breivik manifesto-not originally penned by that intellect of course but food for thought as we ponder on the future course our society might take:

    Most Europeans look back on the 1950s as a good time. Our homes were safe, to the point where many people did not bother to lock their doors. Public schools were generally excellent, and their problems were things like talking in class and running in the halls. Most men treated women like ladies, and most ladies devoted their time and effort to making good homes, rearing their children well and helping their communities through volunteer work. Children grew up in two–parent households, and the mother was there to meet the child when he came home from school. Entertainment was something the whole family could enjoy.

    What happened?

    If a man of the 1950s were suddenly introduced into Western Europe in the 2000s, he would hardly recognise it as the same country. He would be in immediate danger of getting mugged, carjacked or worse, because he would not have learned to live in constant fear. He would not know that he shouldn't go into certain parts of the city, that his car must not only be locked but equipped with an alarm, that he dare not go to sleep at night without locking the windows and bolting the doors - and setting the electronic security system.

    It's really not all that long ago:

    In the office, the man might light up a cigarette, drop a reference to the "little lady", and say he was happy to see the firm employing some coloured folks in important positions. Any of those acts would earn a swift reprimand, and together they might get him fired.

    When she went into the city to shop, the wife would put on a nice suit, hat, and possibly gloves. She would not understand why people stared, and mocked.

    And when the whole family sat down after dinner and turned on the television, they would not understand how pornography from some sleazy, blank-fronted "Adults Only" kiosk had gotten on their set.

    Were they able, our 1950s family would head back to the 1950s as fast as they could, with a gripping horror story to tell. Their story would be of a nation that had decayed and degenerated at a fantastic pace, moving in less than a half a century from the greatest countries on earth to Third World nations, overrun by crime, noise, drugs and dirt. The fall of Rome was graceful by comparison.
  9. Seen

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    WHAT THE FUCK DOES THIS EVEN MEAN??? How are ANY of those things more likely to prevent one from reading a book nowadays than in the past? Apart from perhaps the traffic queues, but in the case of commuters who use public transport it will give them MORE time to read books.

    You do post some utter crap on here, Steve - you get a lot of stick and this is why.
  10. Steve_uk

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    The quality time has quite simply disappeared. I see stressed out children all the time and it's why the suicide rate amongst teenagers has soared. I support children going on holiday during term time if they can come together as a family when both parents are working long hours in insecure jobs trying to do the best for the family, yet this in itself brings problems in its wake.
  11. Seen

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    Reading that makes me think one thing - thank fuck we're not still living like in the 50's.

    The good 'ol days is a load of bollocks Steve, despite the obvious problems with the world we've never had it better.
  12. Steve_uk

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    Give me the stick. It says more about Winrew than it ever could about me.
  13. Steve_uk

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    I'm prepared to admit that the Napoleonic times with limited sewerage and medicine were not a good time to be born. I wouldn't like to go back to those times or the Victorian times when progress in health and sanitation was made. But we as a society have taken a retrograde step in the last 40 years by focussing far too much on materialism to the detriment of quality family time and any social statistic you care to quote will bear me out.
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  16. Colbro

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    My father used to work during the 1950's. Back then a standard working week was 11, 5.5 hour shifts a week ie Mon to Fri 7.30am to 1 pm then 1.30pm to 7pm and Sat morning. There were plenty of working women too. It was only in the sixties that people started having Saturdays off

    He was happy though - off course he was. Had he been born 10 years earlier he would have been living in trenches fighting wars.

    And having Sunday free he had plenty of time to read books
  17. Steve_uk

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    My parents met at school in the 1950s. My mother used to pass her class onto my dad, the next year up. The classwork was outstanding. Handwriting was beautifully written by fountain pen filled up from the inkwells on the side of wooden benches. Nobody spilled ink as they do water today(a bottle of water is a given right for pupils today and should the mood take them they will spill it deliberately, thus creating not only disruption but a safety risk should another pupil slip on the damp floor). There was no disruption because a leather strap was displayed on the teacher's desk, though never used. There was no truancy and no backchat. There was full employment so everybody got a job whatever qualifications they emerged from school with.
  18. ONEDUNME

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    You make me feel physically sick Steve. Fucking namby pamby good old days bollocks.

    I actually hate you.
  19. Steve_uk

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    I'm really not that bothered.
  20. ONEDUNME

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    :roll

    Well I'm going to tell you anyway. In a similar way to the fact that you insist in sharing piles and piles of irrelevant (and frankly, largely inaccurate) pointless information with people who have no interest it in whatsover.

    I see your post come up and it's like picking up the phone and realising it's some cunt who wants to talk about PPI.
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