Thursday, August 23, 2007

readers are rare

This news item shocked me:

Poll: Fewer adults reading books

August 22, 2007

"...One in four adults reads no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday. Of those who did read, women and older people were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices.

The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn’t read any, the usual number read was seven...."

I don't even know what to say... a "typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year ..." I'd be embarrassed to say I had only read 4 books in the last year. I'm even a little embarrassed at how little I've read the past 2 months.


Memories of yesterday said...

It's so much easier to plug into something and not have to think. I know that personally too. :D Thankfully I have read more than that, but golly if I ever finish the current one I will be doing good.

Pattie said...

I read this and was SHOCKED. I've almost hit 100 books this year so far, and while I realize that's not the norm, I know so many people who read 1-3 books a month. I can't imagine not reading.