One in four Americans read no books last year

“One in four adults say they read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday [August 21 2007 ed.]. Of those who did read, women and seniors were most avid, and religious works and popular fiction were the top choices. […] In 2004, a National Endowment for the Arts report titled “Reading at Risk” found only 57 percent of American adults had read a book in 2002, a four percentage point drop in a decade. The study faulted television, movies and the Internet. Who are the 27 percent of people the AP-Ipsos poll found hadn’t read a single book this year? Nearly a third of men and a quarter of women fit that category. They tend to be older, less educated, lower income, minorities, from rural areas and less religious.”

This downward trend is not a new one. The decline in book reading has been set ever since the introduction of television. The question is, is it a necessarily bad trend? What does it show? Can television and internet replace the functions books have? Is this trend globally visible, are there exceptions?

Our fierce warrior has started to gather some information on this topic and will be back shortly with the results…

In the mean time you can check the full article:
http://edition.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/wayoflife/08/21/reading.ap/index.html

And the original Ipsos poll results:
http://www.ipsos-na.com/news/client/act_dsp_pdf.cfm?name=mr070821-4topline.pdf&id=3613

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