The Idiom — move the needle

What does reading do for you?

I recently asked my younger GenY daughter via an sms txt the question “what does reading do for you?” Sometimes our GenY children take days to respond to a txt, other times their response is instant — “how long is a piece of string” was her reply. Then two more instant txts came through — repetitive txts to made her point perfectly clear — “Context” “Context”, one after the other. “Just interested” I replied, subtly pressing my daughter to put a finer point on the What, “I know what reading does for me— am just interested in what it does for you”. “To move the needle, personally” was her response. “Focal needle?” I txt’d with a questioning tone.
…“Google the term “move the needle” was her final response, then txts fell silent.

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