It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Yet, yes, you read me correctly: reading can seriously damage your health and that of others.
1. Reading causes you to go blind
That is scientific fact: 30% of the world is currently myopic, and individuals who spend considerable time reading are more likely to develop myopia faster than the non-reading species. Coincidence? I don’t think so … Forget that other possible causes may include “working at a computer,” or “doing other intense close visual work” because I think we have a perfect culprit here, especially with the boom of e-readers and online magazines: reading. Guilty as charged. Based on current trends, this worldwide myopic statistic will grow to 50% by 2050. I don’t know about you but I already suffer from hyperopia. If my physical-science assumptions are correct, farsightedness plus nearsightedness equals blindness, and I’m not in such a rush to go completely dark. To prevent yourself from being another brick in the statistics, they say that the solution is as easy as a walk in the outside daylight. So, hurry up and drop your book, enjoy the sun; it’s summer after all, and who wants to read in the quietness of a park in the shade of a tree anyway? You could look up at the sky and maybe catch an eclipse with the naked eye. Why not?