Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Lost Interest In Reading

It's official: Americans are reading less. Women read more than men, as you may already know, but both are watching far more television than previous generations. What you may not know is that there is a link between reading and thinking.

The more you read, the better you think. The less you read...you get the picture.

Also, the link between reading skill and linguistic ability can't be denied. Have you ever spoken to someone who reads a lot and said, "Gosh, they really don't speak that well." Probably not.

To Read Or Not To Read is the last major study (2007) to measure just how much we read. The key findings were:

• Less than one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers.
• The percentage of 17-year-olds who don't read for pleasure has doubled.
• Half of all Americans ages, 18 to 24, read no books for pleasure.
• 18-to 44-year-olds who read books fell 7 points from 1992 to 2002.

Perhaps it's time for a reality TV show about reading...

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