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Daniel Pearson English 15 Section 65 Ms. McGovern Causal Essay Not to Read – A Too Common Answer Joseph Addison, a famous English essayist and poet, once made the insightful analogy “reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” After reading To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence and realizing the declining reading rates, a conscientious United States’ citizen must question the public’s state of mental fitness. Less than one-third of thirteen-year-olds read daily and the number of twelfth-graders meeting reading proficiency standards has fallen by five percentage points from 1992 to 2005 ( http://www.ed.gov/rschstat/ ). Ultimately, this dwindling of intellect necessarily leads to falling short of ideal economic efficiency. Recognizing this societal problem propels consideration of its source. Since the greatest drop in reading occurs in reading for pleasure as opposed to school-required reading ( http://www.nea.gov/research/ToRead.pdf ), new time-consuming hobbies at home have to cause the bulk of the drop. Television, an initially tempting scapegoat, cannot constitute a significant portion of the reading regression recorded between 1984 and 2004 due to its static presence throughout the entire time interval. On the other hand, during this period, video games and the Internet emerged and captured the attention of the masses; electronic gaming,
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