12/28/08

Reading Stats

Okay, so I ran across these statistics online the other day.  I have no idea how current or reliable they are, but given what I've observed about people in general, they probably aren't far off.  

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. 
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college. 
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. 
70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. 
57 percent of new books are not read to completion. 

I suppose I'm wondering how this can be.  I mean, I know reading for pleasure isn't everyone's cup of tea, but how is it that 1/3 of all high school graduates never read another book?  And how can 42% of college grads never read again.  And the stat about 70% of U.S. adults having not been in a bookstore in the last five years... wow.  I've been in a bookstore twice in the last week.  For me, reading is about more than just enjoyment.  It's about learning.  I can't tell you the amount of "stuff" I've learned from reading books.  And not from reading dry, textbook-like stuff... from reading fiction!  I've learned about scuba-diving, archaeology, foreign cultures, etc. etc.  It only takes one book to hook you into reading.  One book, that's so amazing you can't put it down.  In the 8th grade, I read "Christy" by Catherine Marshall, and that was it.  I was officially converted into the "Books are Cool" club.  So, if you're reading this, let me to encourage you to pick up a book and read it.  Find the escape that awaits inside a mystery, a romance, a historical fiction.  Discover the world that waits inside the covers of a good book!

3 comments:

  1. I'm with you. It's mind boggling that the younger generation has forsaken books for TV and video games. But I'm not surprised.
    It takes sooo much more effort to read a book than to sit in front of the TV and have all your questions answered in a quarter of the time.
    Also, now days people are working longer hours for less money just to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. When you work 60 hours a week, there's not much time left to look for entertainment after laundry and cooking. And not much money left for it either.
    That's even worse.
    Teresa Reasor

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  2. That's true, Teresa. Money and time are certainly issues. I just wish more people realized that a book is less effort and more entertainment than TV or video games. I suppose you and I and others like us will have to keep the bookstores in business!

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  3. It kills me when I see kids wrinkle their noses at the idea of reading a book. I have made a point of keeping children's books in a bookcase in the living room for my children. It's overstuffed at the moment and if I had room to add another bookcase I sure would. I made sure our kids got books for Christmas in their stockings from us- two Mercer Mayer for my beginning reader and Eragon for my older reader. My parents even got him the two books that follow. Keeping my fingers crossed that he will read them.

    I got a B&N gift card as a present and have already used it this past Friday. I got one Jodi Thomas, one Elizabeth Beverly, one Madelyn Alt and Clive Barker's The Thief of Always. I spend a great deal of time buying books off Amazon, too.

    If only so many more could see the value in reading. Those statistics are insane! Thank goodness I'm not in them! LOL

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