I think by “critical” you’re referring to critical thinking, rather than judgmental kinda critical. So that’s the premise for my response.
I think it probably depends on what you’re reading.
Pop-culture crime, suspense or love drama novels?
Probably not so much.
However, if you’re reading topics that expand your mind, then I’d say there’s a better chance that statement is true. For instance, topics like:
- Self-help or psychology.
- Learning a new language, or new skills.
- Cultivating an expanded view of your relationship with the divine.
A question to ask about what you’re reading is “is this expansive, or merely entertaining?”