Thursday, October 29, 2015

Study Shows That Young People Read More Books Than Other Americans


When you think about the activities of today’s kids, reading is certainly not among the first things that come to your mind. With all the social media, video games and other pastimes of today’s generation, it would seem logical to assume that they don’t have as much time for reading as other age groups do, right? Wrong.

A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, among other results, highlights this one in particular: young people read more than anyone else. Eighty percent of people aged between 18 and 29 have read at least one book in the last year, while only 71% and 68% of the 30-49 and 50-64 age groups can say the same.

The study also shows a slight rise in popularity of eBooks and a slight decline of printed ones – the younger demographics turn to eBooks more, although they still read printed books, while readers over the age of 50 still prefer printed books.

The reason for this is simple: younger generation is more in touch with technology and should find eBooks slightly more accessible. This also might contribute to the fact that young people are reading more than what you would normally expect. However, as the study didn’t take genres into account, we can’t know if these results mean that younger people focus on books that are easy to read and digest, such as teen novels. Additionally, the study doesn’t differentiate between books read for school and books read for pleasure, and it can also be a contributing factor of this large number.

But however you put it, the conclusion should be encouraging – young people are not forgetting about books.

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