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Though more books exist today than ever before many consider leisurereading a dying art The value of reading does not always get a badreputation few university students dispute the necessity of reading forEnglish classes but they do not always consider reading for its ownsake to be very important What people fill their free time with definesthem When someone reads as a past time that individual opens newexciting worlds for their imagination to explore Iliani argues well inone of his essays that reading for pleasure increases readingcomprehension However he fails to acknowledge that reading fictionchanges communities in a positive manner 233 Not only does leisurereading serve as a great way to spend free time it also dramaticallyincreases reading comprehension and stabilizes the groundwork ofsocietyIn a society that constantly bombards its users with a huge amount ofinformation no one should overlook the skill of reading Doing so wouldtantamount to avoiding the gaze of a doctor treating one of an ailmentBefore looking at the benefits of reading one must first see theharmful effects of an illiterate society the effects of which Ilianineglected in his essay A culture that does not value reading encountersmany problems which generally do not appear as frequently in a literatesociety Reading without stretching the facts keeps children off thestreets Without books in their hands children find themselveswandering into dangerous situations Neighborhoods with high rates ofilliteracy tend to have much higher crime rates Of course thisstatement does not hold absolute truth but it may seem striking at howfrequently this claim actually does hold true When predicting the crimerate of the next fifteen to twenty years researchers look at theliteracy rate of eleven to twelve year olds for an area A studyconducted by the World Literary Foundation exemplifies this plainly bysaying The link between illiteracy and crime is clear In variouscountries around the world studies show that a majority of prisoninmates have poor literacy skills Also amongst juvenile delinquentsup to 85 are functionally illiterate 6 Fiction
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