The article “The Number of Teens Reading for Fun Keeps Declining” and the story “Fahrenheit 451” both analyze the dystopian element that information and independent thought are restricted and what happens to individuals when they do not read. In “Fahrenheit 451”, books are outlawed and technology is worshiped. Mildred is always in the parlor with “the family” or has her “seashells in her ear”. All of the technology has caused Mildred to develop a self image problem. Bradbury expresses the importance of books. Books allow people to have independent thought and teaches people important events in history. In 451 people are “empty” and “don’t talk about anything”. Bradbury wants the readers to know how important books are and allows people to have conversations. In “The Number of Teens Reading for Fun Keeps Declining” shows how teenagers are not reading as much and some of that is due to technology. Teens today “hardly read for pleasure” and the decline is “most easily explained by technological advances”. The article shows that teens are almost brainwashed by technology just like Mildred is. As a society if people continue to use technology instead of reading, the world could turn into something similar to 451. People have to understand the importance of books.