I have to admit. I have been skeptical about the reading habits of Americans, particularly the 16-29 generation. You know, the generation that seems to drive all the marketing.
With the plethora of technology available, it seems books would hold less allure. Or maybe it’s just the extreme despair I feel when my students, college students mind you, have told me, with great pride, that they have not voluntarily read a book since junior high. I know, terrifying isn’t it?
But all is not lost! A recent study came out that indicated that individuals between the ages of 16 and 29 are, in fact, reading. According to the Pew Internet:
“More than eight in ten Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. At the youngest end of the spectrum, high schoolers in their late teens (ages 16-17) and college-aged young adults (ages 18-24) are especially likely to have read a book or used the library in the past 12 months.”
My heart leaped at the news. Of course, I am a ridiculous reader. I have been known to read while ironing. Yes, ironing. So I love it when I hear about other people, particularly younger people, being interested in reading. Maybe it’s the Harry Potter effect. I have been at the bookstore and seen the lines for Harry Potter’s releases. They were inspiring!
E-Readers seem to be a critical part of this interest. Now people have multiple formats to access their books. Which for a generation as tech savvy as the under thirty group, just makes it more appealing. Now wherever they are, they can access their books. In fact, most individuals who read an e-book were more likely to read it on their phone or computer than on an e-reader. That one really surprised me.
Have a look at the original article. The link is above. What do you think? I, for one, was pretty surprised. But pleasantly so!