To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence
National Endowment for the Arts, Research Report #47, November 2007
Nearly half of all Americans ages 18 to 24 read no books for pleasure.
The percentage of 18- to 44-year-olds who read a book fell 7 points from 1992 to 2002.
By the time they become college seniors, one in three students read nothing at all for pleasure in a given week.
Teens and young adults spend less time reading than people of other age groups.
15- to 24-year-olds spend only 7–10 minutes per day on voluntary reading—about 60% less time than the average American.
By contrast, 15- to 24-year-olds spend 2 to 2½ hours per day watching TV.
58% of middle and high school students use other media while reading. Students report using media during 35% of their weekly reading time. 20% of their reading time is shared by TV-watching, video/computer gameplaying, instant messaging, e-mailing orWeb surfing.
The number of books in a home is a significant predictor of academic success.