Why Eating is Way Better than Reading

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A friend once had a fortune magazine nicely curled up and a bowl of popcorn mixed with groundnuts. I hadn’t seen that particular issue  so I tried to nick it away from him but he held back strongly. I had observed him before making that move, I was sure his focus was more on the popcorn than the book. But then he made this excuse, “I am still not done with it, the popcorn is more important to me now, after all ‘na me get the magazine’ “. [sic]

Eating is definitely not better than reading. I mean… its fine to read and eat simultaneously, but pitching the latter over the former isn’t going to work. No way. Though I still wouldn’t be less surprised if some food warriors agree with the title of this post. Now this post isn’t really about reading and eating, it’s more about reading. So yea, feel free to grab some food as you read on.

Personally, I love reading, I like to read, which ever passes across the message, bottom-line remains that reading is important to me. Sometimes I struggle to, but I pass. The Digital/social media even makes it easier as we now easily access endless content on-the-go. So there’s really so much we can read. The greatest lesson I have learnt in life is that i still have a lot to learn.

In our internet-crazed world, attention is drawn in a million different directions at once as we multi-task through every day. In a single 5-minute span, the average person will divide their time between working on a task, checking email, chatting with a couple of people (via WhatsApp, bbm, etc.), keeping an eye on twitter, monitoring their smartphone, and interacting with co-workers.
When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away, and you can immerse yourself in every fine detail you’re absorbing.

Again, the more you read, the more words you gain exposure to, and they’ll inevitably make their way into your everyday vocabulary. It could even aid in your career, as those who are well-read, well-spoken, and knowledgeable on a variety of topics tend to get promotions more quickly (and more often) than those with smaller vocabularies and lack of awareness of literature, scientific breakthroughs, and global events.
The beautiful thing about reading is that everything you read fills your head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge you have, the better equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face – Even If you ever find yourself in a dire circumstance, where you lose everything else – your job, your possessions, your money, even your health – knowledge gained can never be taken from you.

The real difference, though, lies in our attitude to reading. Gilbert K. Chesterton once said: “there is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read’.
Dr Seuss once wrote “the more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”
Even beyond reading, I tend to think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.


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11 thoughts on “Why Eating is Way Better than Reading

  1. Jessica

    Nice write up and catchy headline. Well said

    1. Emeka

      Thanks for reading Jessica 🙂

  2. livelytwist

    “When you read a book, all of your attention is focused on the story—the rest of the world just falls away . . .” I hadn’t thought of it like that. True.

    1. Emeka

      A friend on twitter said that whilst we read,we are indeed eating the words..I never thought of it that way. Apparently, reading is more intense than we think 🙂

    2. chidi

      I second that

  3. Beneshia Plaatjies

    The title is catchy… Good read (especially for the ‘readers’)

    1. Emeka

      Thanks Beneshia! Glad you enjoyed reading

  4. Mr. D

    I love the quotes. Nice Read. This blog is working sir

    1. Emeka

      Thank you, Mr D!

  5. Ta Bang

    Hi, emeka talks.com
    I’m Bang, I’m from VietNam. Accidentally, it’s so lovely to have a chance to read your blog.

    Fact that in the past, I didn’t have a good thought about Africa. I don’t know much about your country, just something like an insecure policy, high population… And there are some Vietnamese who duped by African… Yes, this title appeared on newspaper makes us be on the alert with African much.

    But my thought has changed since the first time I read your blog.
    Really that, my thought changed completely about African.

    The first thing I regconized that, you are the African and you’re from Nigeria. In VietNam, there are some inspirers but I still choose the blog of foreigner to read to cultivate my english vocabularies. I read ur blog everyday, it took me lots of time to translate with many new words, but I did it day by day. Do u believe that some times, when I get up, the first thing I remember is your blog. Yes, how to begin a new day, it seems you give me much energy, give me the motivation to pratice my english skill, I can feel myself better day by day…

    I admire inspirers, and of course, I admire you much Emeka talks.

    When we have the positive thought, we bring it to our friends, the people around us. Larger is the strangers, the people we haven’t meet yet… The inspirers give many things that we can not see it by eyes. If a person has positive thought, he or she will begin acting.. Act to make the better world. It’s much great! And I can regconize it from your blog. That is why I read it everyday.
    I have ever read somewhere that Singrapo is good when they recognize that people is the main features if they want to develop their country. Saudi too, they know that their mineral oil will become exhausted in future, so they let their people go abroad to study and comeback to help their country… It means, the people, the generation is the main future to decide a country developing or not. Inspire positive thinking for generation, inspirers are making the great thing!!!

    And since this day, my thought for African changed completely. I talked to African on the street on my own initiative. I shared them where is the interested place in Vietnam and which food is delicous. I introduce them some import- export service when they want to buy something from Vietnam to sell in Nigeria… I’m happy for this.

    I really want to travel Nigeria at least once time in my life. I search about Nigeria and feel something good, interest, and beautiful in places and people. I want to travel and comeback to tell my friends, there are a lot of great things in the country which they think the people live with wars.

    Oh, I will bring a coke with your name Emeka to give you, too…!!!

    Maybe as a blogger you will be under pressure. Lots of opposite opinions and maybe sometime in your life, you will ask yourself why u must do that… But believe in your dream to contribute to a better world, everything will be Ok.

    Thank for you blog, Emeka Talks ( Maybe somewhere wrong in grammar and vocabularies).

  6. Enyene

    When i saw this title, I thought you were going to provide some reasons that’ll justify my desire for food over books. Lol! The importance of reading cannot be overemphasized. Lovely post indeed!!

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