Is reading and writing more important now that it was in the past?

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There is no doubt that Man is a social creature. As human beings, we always need to communicate with others. Communication methods took different shapes. The ancient man used his body and voice to express his fears and delights. When paper was invented, a basic form of writing was used to document thoughts. Nowadays, computer facilities, such as e-mail, appear to be the coming generation of communication methods.

In my opinion, it is the need for communication and interaction that determines the importance of reading and writing. In the past, it was satisfying to people to just communicate with neighbors. Many people never left their village, so they knew nothing about the outside world. However, they were both socially and economically satisfied. Today, as the whole world becomes a small village, the human discovery desire is stimulated. Few people are still considering local relationships enough. Most people are looking forward to establishing new overseas relations. Because traditional communication ways fail to carry such global messages, new ways are used, beginning from letters and faxes and ending with the use of computers and the Internet. This has raised the importance of reading and writing as a strict prerequisite of such modern facilities.

No one can deny the role of reading and writing in developing our style of life. One's life is as long as the lives of the authors of books he reads. Reading and writing also adds to our relationships with other people. Firstly, books we read suggest topics to discuss with others. Secondly, from books we can learn nice and polite behavior to interact with people. Thirdly, reading increases our ability to understand people. For example, we can face some hard or embarracing situation that we previously read about, so our approach to it will be better. Lastly, the age of our relationships can be longer. Consider, for instance, a friend travelling abroad. Writing to him can keep up the friendship till later eye contact. The previous benefits of reading and writing are independent of time. The message to be conveyed is that reading and writing was also important in the past.

Of course, the role of reading and writing is not restricted to helping people to communicate. To be useful to himself and to his society, man should be able to read and write. But what I want to stress is that reading and writing is a NEED not just a peripheral. This fact is time independent.