Does reading Quora count as reading

Does reading Quora count as "reading"?

Does reading Quora count as "reading"?
People always tell you to read lots to learn lots.
Does reading Quora count? If not, what are they referring to and what should you read?

Technically, reading anything counts as 'reading'.
I suspect what you are asking is: does it qualify as 'proper' reading? The answer is it can, if you are not wasting your time on Quora.
Unlike general social media, Quora can actually provide a person with insight into many topics, and leave us a little more informed.

What Quora cannot do is replace proper studies and research.
The one downside of Quora is that it makes some people lazy.
Why should they bother to look up anything when all they have to do is ask the question? We can see this by the amount of duplicated questions asked on a daily basis.
The reality is that many of these questions have already been answered if the questioner had only run a quick search.

I enjoy Quora because it makes me think.
On most days, I only have time to answer questions and don't get to ask my own questions or read other answers.
It is still fascinating because every now and then, I get a brilliant question that is out of the ordinary.
It makes me think, and I enjoy that very much.

If you are using Quora in this way, then yes .
I do believe it counts as reading, but it is not a replacement for actual books or websites with credible content.
The point to reading is to expand your mind, not become lazy, and have everything spoon-fed to you.

Jon, thanks for the A2A.

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Before getting into a proper response to answering your question, I like to share some broad perspectives about surfing Quora as well as reading books.

Yes, you probably have read a lot if you have had surfed Quora.

And you probably think you have a lot of "knowledge".

I like to say unequivocally that you have only a lot of "information", and not "knowledge".

To me, as I have responded to earlier questions on Quora (seeking a distinction between "idea" and "information") "information" is just an organised gathering or collection of facts that are conceptually coherent and personally relevant to oneself.

A post or a book or a magazine article or even a news broadcast that one has just read and/or heard and understood, is "information".

"Information" becomes useful as soon as you can see through it, from the standpoint of a specific pattern of relationship, or "connecting the dots" as Steve Jobs so eloquently put it for us, to come up with an "idea" i.
the creative process, of using it to create a productive outcome or a concrete deliverable in your life, in your work, in your business, or even for your client(s).

That's to say, there has to be a personal relevancy to action, in order to determine the usefulness or viability of "information".

Upon putting the "idea" to work, then only one gets to know whether the "idea" has worked, or didn't work.

Better still, one may even get to know what might help to make it work better, faster, or even smarter, the next time round.

This is then aptly called, "experience".

Over time, cumulative "experience" then becomes "knowledge".

Putting this initiative in another way, reading a series of posts or books or magazine articles or even listening to a news broadcast, is "information", or what I like to call "word experience".

Through execution and implementation with all the sweat equity, and not forgetting adapting and evolving in different application contexts through time, only then, one gets "knowledge", or what I like to call "world experience".

The Smartest Person of the 20th Century Albert Einstein is believed to have said:
"Knowledge is experience; everything else is just information!
Think about it.

The Internet is invariably packed with lots of "information" (Sad to say, with all the Good, the Bad and the Ugly).

A lot of folks always think that by just googling, they have lots of "knowledge".

To sum up my point, "knowledge" is not measured by what's stored in the head; it's what you do and what you don't.

That's to say, your ultimate productivity matters the most!
OK, now, back to your question:
As long as you have made full use of your ideas gathered or insights generated from surfing Quora or reading books to create productive outcomes or construct concrete deliverables that eventually could add/compound/multiply value to your life, say as a student, or to your work, or to your business, or even to your client(s), as a professional, you have become a lot smarter than those who don't.

In a nut shell, reading Quora posts and/or reading books must ultimately be translated into productivity in order for them to be purposeful, meaningful and productive.

I will try and answer this since reading is something very close to my heart.
My personal perspective is, No.

Once could be an active reader and writer on Quora, which is an excellent thing.
But for me; reading is something that is sacred.
Transcendental in terms of the knowledge gained and the quality of what we have perused.
I prefer browsing through most Quora answers, 80% of them at 90% of the time; only 20% of truly exceptional answers; I give an inherent pause and read carefully and conscientiously.
That is reading for me.

I read a lot of books, novels and poetry.
I usually browse through online news, and other news superficially.
There is a thin margin for me; but it is sacred.
I remember; analyze; process and ponder on what I read seriously.
I don't think we ever do that besides Upvoting and a few random comments on Quora.

To be respected as a mature and conscientious reader; it is advised that you peruse a lot of serious books of multiple genres, languages and styles.

Sure, it counts as reading in the most literal sense of the word.
If you're chaining these letters together into words and then shaping those words into thoughts in your head then you are reading.

But reading little tidbits on the internet is not going to give you any real depth of information.
This is especially true on a platform like Quora, where you're bombarded with bits and pieces of information – much of it extremely subjective and/or blatantly incorrect – about a large number of subjects
Books can (emphasis on can here) provide a focused, deep dive into specific subjects that will give you far more useful, accurate information.
If you want to be an expert or gain insights about a domain, you should be reading books about it.

From a behavioral standpoint, it's also a great way to build discipline.
There are a large number of people out there who simply cannot deal with the idea of sitting quietly and reading a book for any length of time, and if you can do it you're giving yourself an advantage over those people.

Does reading Quora count as "reading"?
Your description answers your question
People always tell you to read lots to learn lots.
Does reading Quora count?
Reading quora is not a lot of reading! It’s very little reading.
How many answers do you read a day? How many of them are to questions like these (which the question might be good, but the answers can’t be all that mind blowing).
A lot of answers here make me laugh, smile, make me feel good.
Tell me things that I didn’t know, but in a year or so, since I have started using evernote, I have only save 116 answers.

Just for curiosity, I got them all together and they make up 73304 words – 244 pages of a 300 words per page book.
So all that is worth one book a year – but unlike a book, after every 300–400 words the topic changes, leaving you with nothing.
Everything else that I haven’t clipped was not really important (though fun and clever).
Not a lot at all.

If not, what are they referring to and what should you read?
Take a 244 page non-fiction book.
It is about one topic.
The author is an expert in the field and uses 73304 words to talk about only one topic.
Dealing with it from many angles.
Giving you enough to wrap your head around.

I accumulated 73304 words of quora in one year, which we said is one short book in length (granted I might not read a lot of quora, so times that by 4–5, that still means you have read only 5 books of scattered notes in one year).
If you want to take the advice of people and read lots, you could read at least one book a week (52 a year) or no matter how little, surely you’re going to end up reading more than what you read in quora.

Why I started reading books
I know how it might sound but I always liked knowledge, though I always hated reading! Then I started using quora.
It didn’t make me long to figure out that the people that started admiring here were incredible readers.

I might not like the topics you like so we might have different experiences, but every answer that I loved was clearly written by a reader! I caught myself thinking how amazing these people are.
Then I caught myself wishing I could be like them!
Yes they have rich life experiences, but they all read, so it made sense that I tried to copy them in the one area that was easy for me to.

I love quora.
But after 2 proper years of reading, I have gained a lot more through books than through quora.

Lastly, if by “what should you read?” you were asking what kind of books to read.
Start by reading books that talk about the same theme as your favorite answers.
Then let your curiosity light the way.

Thanks for A2A

That depends on the purpose that reading has for you.
If you, for example, read for a big part about a particular subject that you want to know more about, you could say that it 'counts'.
If you, on the other hand, read quite randomly through the website, skipping texts, concepts or paragraphs there and there—not caring about what you absorb and what you don't.
I wouldn't count it as genuine reading, unless digging up random facts was the purpose of your reading.

Reading, itself, does require some discipline—or at least attention—, if you're not used to doing it.
You're certainly reading while you're scrolling through Facebook, but it is rather something like reading bits of things that your eyes catch, without any association between those bits.
When you read, you arrange facts that you just learned orderly in your head—whether it is a story or not.
Without this order, reading is close to useless.

I would say it counts for reading.

But even more so, I would say it counts as continuous learning.
That is always a good thing, isn't it?
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Reading, especially in this Era, has become an ambiguous area.
What with our latest gadgets, technologies, advancements, defining reading is getting to be a tedious task.

Quite frequently, my students watch a video that gives them a lot of information about the text we're “reading”.
I call it informative viewing.
Then there are audio books, do you “read" them if you've heard them? Then blogs, articles, E-Journals, and, of course, Quora.

Here's what I feel – if you feel reading Quora is beneficial for you, that you're learning things, that you're gaining exposure, that it teaches you something you didn't know before, then yes, Quora counts as ‘reading'.

I have read wonderfully illuminating answers on Linguistics, Semantics, Reading, History, and Anthropology here.
It definitely counts as reading for me.

In my opinion.
No, it does not count as "reading," the same way watching 3 min.
YouTube videos  does not count as watching "movies.
" Most Quora answers are about two paragraphs long.
  A good newspaper or magazine story is longer than that.
  I don't believe you can get the same value from reading a good book and reading 300 Quora answers.
Note, that I am not saying that reading Quora is useless, but don't stop reading books or long, in depth, articles, or stories.

Depends on your selections of questions and answers and if you follow up for some deeper research on your own.
But when people referring to a reading, they do not mean just an internet, although reading from internet is part of reading they refer to.

If reading Jimmy Wales, George Miller and Balaji Vishwanathan on great topics does not counts as reading? What else on earth does?

Updated: 18.06.2019 — 1:23 pm

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