Study Finds That Reading For Fun Is Steadily Decreasing

Teenager reading a book

I hate to say that I’m not surprised by this news, but I’m not surprised.

Findings from a new study done by Common Sense Media revealed that the concept of “reading for fun” is steadily declining. I’ve always been a bookworm, but I can see how people only read as and when they have to (for school or work).

From Time:

Research released today from Common Sense Media shows that not only do reading rates decline as kids get older, but they’ve also dropped off significantly in the past 30 years. In 1984, 8% of 13-year-olds and 9% of 17-year-olds said they “never” or “hardly ever” read for pleasure. In 2014, that number had almost tripled, to 22% and 27%. Girls also tend to read more than boys, as 18% of boys say they read daily, while 30% of girls do.

Not only are kids reading less, parents are reading to their children less than ever. In 1999, children ages 2 to 7 were read an average of 45 minutes per day but in 2013, that number had dropped to 30 minutes per day.

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