I’m really tired of the “Which is better: listening to an audiobook or reading a book” debate. It’s inane, banal and pointless.
It’s requires the creation of a false dichotomy. A mandate that you fall into one side or the other. The assumption that you can’t do… both. And there in lies the idiocy of even having the argument.
Which is better? Flying in an airplane or driving in a car?
Which is better? Swimming in the ocean or swimming in a pool?
Which is better? Eating breakfast or eating dinner?
One does not preclude the other as a lifestyle choice. In certain circumstances, one option will logically be “better” than the other. But given an equally likely set of circumstances, the reverse will occur.
It’s not an issue of replacement. Yes, most sports fans would rather watch a game live than see it on TV. And yes, there are plenty of people who want to avoid the crush of the crowd and watch from the comfort of their own home. But that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s close, but this decision is often one of personal preference of one option over another.
When it comes to listening to audiobooks or reading books, it’s not an issue of personal preference for me. Hell, it’s not even a matter of choice. I cannot choose to read a book while I’m driving. If there’s a choice to be had at all, it’s to listen to audio or not. The choice then becomes to what am I’m going to listen. I can’t very well read text on a page while I’m cutting the grass, either. Again, my choices are a) listen or not, and b) listen to what? There is no option to read with my eyes.
So stop the argument. Please. For it really is no argument. And if you continue down this misguided path, find a visually impaired person. Ask your obtuse question of them. And be thankful you have an extra sense with which you can receive information.