A British author believes that university students no longer need to read a litany of books in order to get a first class degree.
If you're below a certain age then you have likely experienced someone a generation or two older than you complaining about how much time you spend staring at screens. We don't necessarily mean the latest generation and the advent of smartphones either, this has actually been going on for longer than you might think.
Throughout the '80s and '90s, parents would have been nagging their children to spend less time in front of the TV, especially with the popularisation of video games. Let's be honest, people have probably been yelled at for looking at screens too much since the TV was invented. It has gradually led to the decline of the humble book, and one author in the UK has made a bold claim regarding that.
Sebastian Faulks, writer of Birdsong, believes that university students are no longer reading books. Not only that, but he believes some of those students who aren't reading books are still able to get first-class degrees. "This is not because they’re stupid – far from it – but because they get their facts off their phone," Faulkes told attendees at the Paris Echo at the Henley Literary Festival, as reported by the Daily Mail.
Faulkes made it clear that he by no means thinks that young people and university students aren't reading at all. "Of course there are bookish people, but I do think it’s possible to get a good degree from a good university having read fewer books than used to be the case," the author went on to say. Faulkes also wanted to make it clear that he doesn't necessarily think that's a bad thing as he doesn't want to be seen as "the old man who mourns these things."
There is no doubt whatsoever that the information you need to achieve a first-class university degree is easier to find today than it was 30 years ago. The emergence and accessibility of the internet has made sure of that. Whether reading less than your fellow students will result in you still getting the same end product, well that is something else entirely.