Depressing Bookish Factoid du Jour

A survey conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences shows that the number of Americans reading a book for the sheer pleasure of it (vs., say, because they’ve been assigned to read one in school) is rapidly declining.

The age breakdowns for three different years since the early 1990s are depicted in this chart.

The fact that the most recent data are five years old doesn’t cheer us up much. On the contrary.

Found at Baby Got Books



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