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In the age of TV on demand, social media and video games, it can be hard to get teenagers to switch off the screen and pick up a book instead
2018/12/26 00:56
One recent UK study found as few as 10 per cent of teenagers choose to read in their spare time.
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unlike video games and social media, books often don't provide an instant "dopamine reward when we have an achievement".
2018/12/26 00:57
"We're building our brain structures to operate at that level, so when we go to apply sustained cognitive attention to a task such as reading it's actually harder to get into it," she says.
2018/12/26 00:57
It's also important to link reading with pleasure, rather than school and testing.
2018/12/26 00:58
Dr Merga says it's crucial that children see parents reading, and feel comfortable talking about books and expressing their evolving interest in different genres.
2018/12/26 00:58