How Much Do Americans Read?

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    How Much Do Americans Read?

    According to The Literacy Company:

    - 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
    - 50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book.
    - 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.
    - 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

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    Sad, isn't it....

     
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    That's so sad!  I read all the time, everything from The NY Times to The Enquirer (yes, I admit it, I love their crosswords) and from You Are What You Think and anything by Dr. Oz to Nora Roberts and lots of magazines from Newsweek to the supermarket Women's magazines..  My daughter, a teacher, reads constantly and can speak on almost any topic. 
    What is the rest of this story?  Why don't students read after school days?  Is it the Hi-Tech gadgets or computer games which are capturing their time instead?

    BrightLights
     
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    Our family seems to make up the entire reading population.  Between my husband, daughters, one son-in-law, and grandchildren we read approximately 15 books a week, if not more.  
     
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    Where do those numbers come from?

    If any of that is even remotely accurate, we as a society are doomed.

     
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    Note the source above and a grain of salt - this company sells speed-reading software.

    But the larger point is still valid, even accounting for a generous margin-of-error.  I would still be interested to know how much people read online and in periodicals, but those are not genuine measures of literacy, IMO.  There's simply no substitute for following an extended, well-considered narrative over the length of an entire book.
     
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    In Response to How Much Do Americans Read?:
    According to The Literacy Company: - 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. - 50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book. - 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. - 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. ****************** Sad, isn't it....
    Posted by Mattyhorn


    Yes, it is called the Dumbing of America, and it's true.  That's why I am making a conscious effort to read more.  I personally like classic literature, short stories, and scientific journals. Thanks for your insight.
     
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    In Response to How Much Do Americans Read?:
    According to The Literacy Company: - 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. - 50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book. - 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. - 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. ****************** Sad, isn't it....
    Posted by Mattyhorn


    Who is "The Litercy Company" and how did they arrive at those stats? I read a lot and I know many people read little however I am sceptical that only 20% of "U.S. familes read a book last year" and 33% of high school grads never read another book. I would like to see how the Literacy Company arrived at these percentages.
     
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    Disbelieving the above statistics, I decided to do a quick search of my own and found this at http://www.nea.gov/news/news07/trnr.html

    ...it's better, but still not pretty.

    Americans are reading less - teens and young adults read less often and for shorter amounts of time compared with other age groups and with Americans of previous years.

    • Less than one-third of 13-year-olds are daily readers, a 14 percent decline from 20 years earlier. Among 17-year-olds, the percentage of non-readers doubled over a 20-year period, from nine percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004.1
    • On average, Americans ages 15 to 24 spend almost two hours a day watching TV, and only seven minutes of their daily leisure time on reading.2

    Americans are reading less well – reading scores continue to worsen, especially among teenagers and young males. By contrast, the average reading score of 9-year-olds has improved.

    • Reading scores for 12th-grade readers fell significantly from 1992 to 2005, with the sharpest declines among lower-level readers.3
    • 2005 reading scores for male 12th-graders are 13 points lower than for female 12th-graders, and that gender gap has widened since 1992.4
    • Reading scores for American adults of almost all education levels have deteriorated, notably among the best-educated groups. From 1992 to 2003, the percentage of adults with graduate school experience who were rated proficient in prose reading dropped by 10 points, a 20 percent rate of decline.5

    The declines in reading have civic, social, and economic implications – Advanced readers accrue personal, professional, and social advantages. Deficient readers run higher risks of failure in all three areas.

    • Nearly two-thirds of employers ranked reading comprehension "very important" for high school graduates. Yet 38 percent consider most high school graduates deficient in this basic skill.6
    • American 15-year-olds ranked fifteenth in average reading scores for 31 industrialized nations, behind Poland, Korea, France, and Canada, among others.7
    • Literary readers are more likely than non-readers to engage in positive civic and individual activities – such as volunteering, attending sports or cultural events, and exercising.8
    Sources:
    1. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
    2. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, American Time Use Survey (2006)
    3. U.S. Department of Education, NCES, The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2005
    4. U.S. Department of Education, NCES, The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2005
    5. U.S Department of Education, NCES, National Assessment of Adult Literacy (2007)
    6. The Conference Board, Are They Really Ready to Work? (2006)
    7. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Learning for Tomorrow’s World: First Results from PISA 2003
    8. National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts and Civic Engagement: Involved in Arts, Involved in Life (2006)

     
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    In Response to How Much Do Americans Read?:
    [QUOTE]According to The Literacy Company: - 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year. - 50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book. - 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. - 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years. ****************** Sad, isn't it....
    Posted by Mattyhorn[/QUOTE]

    Wow. That's awful.
     
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