I have been playing guitar for five years (since I was 11) and have never actually taken the time to completely learn how to read sheet music. I know all the notes in the staff and all the basics of sheet music, however I have never actually regularly practiced using sheet music because tabs are so much easier. I was wandering about your guys' opinions on whether or not I should just continue using tabs (which seems to be working fine for learning songs) or if I should attempt to learn to read sheet music fluently. Any ideas?
I think that there's some value in being able to read sheet music. As was mentioned already, for some things, it might be all that's available and it will give you some musical details that tabs will not. I've used it to piece together guitar parts for songs that weren't written for guitar, too. Plus, I think that reading sheet music helps develop a musical mind, somehow. And I could probably go on.
That said, I rarely use sheet music for guitar. Even when I've been in better practice at using it, I don't think it's as easy to play from on guitar as tabs are. So, for all of the nice things about being able to read sheet music, if your goal is just to learn how to play songs on the guitar, you might rarely, if ever, use that skill after you develop it. I would look at it as something enriching to do as a learning experience but I don't think you need to make it a priority unless you decide to branch out into classical guitar or something.
I am happy enough using tabs or sheet music, but as others have said sheet music carries more information with regards to rhythm etc.
When I write music I record it as sheet music. Turns out there was something useful I learned in Year 8 Music Class in school, although I still have the occasional nightmare about the recorder hehe.
So advice time, learn to use sheet music but you don't need to throw away the tabs. Learning sheet music lets you translate things from one instrument to another more easily.