You were probably systematically encouraged to read books straight after learning your ABC’s and the word ‘cat’. Maybe that encouragement was necessary for your academic development, but for those of us who love reading naturally, reading too much can pose dangers that Reading Rainbow never mentioned.
If you’re a heavy reader, take a moment to consider these seven dangers and gauge your risk level for each one:
1. Mistaken identity
- when you begin subconsciously skewing your behavior to match the mannerisms of a cool protagonist.
2. Anti-social behavior
- when you begin caring more about fictional characters than about your family, friends, and love life.
3. Unnecessary secrecy
- when reading characters’ thoughts makes you believe that harboring secrets is a normal part of life, and in fact, we should encourage it.
4. Unreliable opinions
- when your thoughts on important subjects are based on events that never occurred and people who never existed.
5. Snobbish behavior
- when you use literary language or drop references to books that few people would understand. And you know it, and you smile oh-so intelligently.
6. New fears
- you’ve never experienced it, but you’ve read about it, and now you’re afraid.
via The Big Harumph.
7. Radical escapism
- when you suspect that you were born in the wrong time, place or universe, merely on the basis of an author’s imagination.
via The Wheatfield