Some people believe that people who read books can develop more imagination and language skills than those who prefer to watch TV. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
People can entertain themselves in multiple ways.They can read books, surf the Internet, listen to music or watch TV. Many consider that the individuals who often read are better in language skills and creative capabilities like imagination than those who prefer to watch TV. To a certain extent, I am in favor of this argument.
Obviously, when one is reading, he can come across thousands of words and hundreds of grammar points in a very short time. Then he will be required to comprehend the meaning of the words, collocations and sentence structures. Sometimes when he is faced with some unknown words or has no idea about what the paragraph is about, he will be forced to take a guess, which is necessary for language acquisition and use. By contrast, when a person watches TV, what attracts him is just the changing pictures presented on the screen and he is less likely to pay enough attention to the subtitles or the background voices, as a consequence, he can hardly improve his language skills. When he has something to say, he may feel the idea is just at the tip of his tongue, but he can barely describe his mind in his own words.
In addition, those who read for pleasure often have to imagine in order to understand the world the words create especially when there are no illustrations. Therefore, the more they read, the better their imagination becomes and the sharper their mind gets. Those who sit in front of TV all day, however, do not have to imagine as often as those who read for pleasure because the pictures on the screen tell them everything they want to know.
In conclusion, watching TV can undoubtedly present knowledge in a much vivid way, but reading is more beneficial. If you want to improve your language skills and imagination, doing more reading is a much better choice.