A while back, my dad tried to persuade me (again) to go out and socialise or pick up another hobby which doesn’t make me sit in one place and be lazy all day. I think he’s kind of jealous that I can be lazy and still be doing something. (He isn’t a fan of reading)
After he gave up and went out for some work, I began to come up with a list of why reading is better than sports or art. To make myself better and have an imaginary debate with my dad in my head, as you do.
I mainly thought of these points as opposed to hobbies of art or athletic nature. I mean absolutely no offence if either/both are included in your hobbies. I just thought of this for fun.
Onto the list, now.
 No special talent required
You just read! All you need is a book (or Kindle). Now with audiobooks? It’s even easier.
You might not be good at dancing, singing, even drawing stick figures but you CAN read like a boss.
I’m one of those people who can do something part-way but is not extremely good at it. I can doodle, but not OH-MY-GOODNESS amazingly. I run very bad (I honestly feel that I’m saving others from a horrible sight by staying at home). Reading is pretty much the best hobby I could ever pick.
 Can be done in a snuggly, comfortable position
Preferably with a drink, and covered in a blanket.
Art projects generally require a clean(ish) space, or at least a proper area like a desk and chair. You can’t put your feet up or change positions much. With sports, what is comfort if not sweat and exertion, right?
But reading can be done curled up on a sofa or even during travel! I read even between classes in college (sometimes during class too, but hush that’s top secret).
 No cleanliness issues
With art and sports, you have to clean up in the end—whether it’s yourself or your surroundings. No such issues with reading.
I might not be really good at it, but I do doodle, sketch and paint. I HATE painting because I have to clean up in the end. Plus, I’m one of those people who have to clean up immediately and set everything in it’s place. Therefore, after two hours of painting and finally ending up with something which looks like it’s been made by a second-grader, I spend more energy cleaning up immediately. I LIKE BEING LAZY. DON’T MAKE ME DO THIS.
 You can BE LAZY
Reading is probably the only hobby where you can be completely lazy.
Is that not a winning point?
True, there’s the tiny issue that if you love a book/series, you immediately join the fandom, write fanfics, having debates over storylines and fangirl all over social media (and possibly losing your sanity). All of that does not involve being lazy. BUT. You don’t have to do it, so you’re good. *Innocent smile*
*Pushes a book to your face* *I HOPE YOU READ THIS AND LOVE THIS AND COME SCREAMING TO MY HOUSE AT 1AM AND FANGIRL WITH ME*
*Cough* Moving on.
 You learn A LOT
No matter what book you read, from whichever genre, there’s always some new information that you absorb. Whether it’s about an issue, science theory, history fact, a culture or even about a city you’ve never been to. Not to mention, your vocabulary and language skills improve. People go to CLASSES for that. You can just get it by reading.
OKAY I JUST REALISED SOMETHING. WHY ARE BOOKWORMS CALLED NERDS? IT’S BECAUSE AFTER READING SO MUCH WE KNOW SO MUCH INFORMATION, IT MIGHT AS WELL BE THAT WE STUDIED THAT TOPIC. (Or I could be connecting random things and trying to shout eureka) (do you blame me?)
 You can never go wrong with reading
There’s nothing “right” or “doing well” at it. Absolutely no specific talent involved. You just read.
And the very helpful translators of our world take pains to translate books so people from other language backgrounds can read it so WHAT IS THERE TO COMPLAIN? BOOKS ARE THE BEST THINGS EVER TO HAPPEN TO US. (And I’m starting to fangirl over the fact that books exist) (again, do you blame me?)
 You can bring books into conversations and seem all smart
(Or you might actually be smart, no offence)
Tell me this isn’t an advantage. You could state a fact, say “I read it in a book the other day” and BOOM! People are impressed by your knowledge. The book could have actually been of romance. But they don’t know that! You just said how long it takes to go from one city to another driving! This could also give you a nerdy or knowledgeable vibe, if you’re going for it.
 Having multiple hobbies is easier when one of them is reading
You literally have to do NOTHING but read! ANY amount of spare time works!
 You can still “read” without a book
These new inventions called Kindle, ebooks and audiobooks with BLOW YOUR MIND. (It was meant to sound a bit sarcastic, I think?) (I don’t even know what I mean) (#fail)
You can read/listen to a book while doing something else. It still counts! Don’t have time to go to the bookstore/library? Technology to the rescue! Ebooks are aplenty.
(Is it just me or does this feel like I’m trying to pitch technology to you?) (Can this count as good points to convince non-bookworms to read?)
 Lastly, it improves your imagination
You would argue that art also involves imagination. But in art, you create with your imagination (or Pinterest inspiration, who am I to say anything?).
While reading books, you have you set up a 360° set for every scene with details and characters and also keep up with many scenes throughout the book. The facts aren’t up to you. And it’s not something you can easily refer back to. It’s all IN YOU HEAD.
Do you understand HOW MUCH we imagine? (Did I just blow your mind with your awesomeness? You’re welcome.) (Otherwise, #fail_part_2)
Safe to say, by now I’m even more in love with reading. I have done so well in life by picking this hobby. (*pats self in the back*) (I just realized I’m not very agile because my pat is awkward) (should probably exercise after this post instead of going back to read another book) (but the questions is) (will I?)
I’m just kidding. I have a final tomorrow to study for. Adiós, peeps!
Is reading one of your hobbies? What other hobbies do you have? Are there any other advantages to reading as a hobby that I’ve missed? Which point from the above do you relate with? Let me know below (so we can scream in joy together over our life choices)!