In America people read less. According to a Pew Research Center survey, about a quarter of American adults (23%) say they have not read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. So why are people reading less in 2021? You would think that with the pandemic people are reading more, but they are not.
According to the survey, several demographic traits are linked to not reading books. For example, adults with a high school diploma or less are much more likely than those with a bachelor’s or graduate degree to report not having read any books in any format during their lifetime. the previous year (39% versus 11%). The least educated adults are also among the least likely to own smartphones, an increasingly common way for adults to read e-books.
In addition, adults with an annual household income of less than $ 30,000 are more likely than those living in households earning $ 75,000 or more per year not to read books (31% versus 15%). Hispanic adults (38%) are more likely than black (25%) or white (20%) adults to report not having read a book in the past 12 months.
Although the differences are less pronounced, non-book readers also vary by age and type of community. Americans 50 and older, for example, are more likely than their younger counterparts not to read books. There is no statistically significant difference by sex.
The proportion of Americans who say they have not read any books in the past 12 months has fluctuated over the years the Center has studied it. The 23% of adults who currently report not having read a book in the past year is identical to the proportion who said so in 2014.
The same demographics that characterize non-book readers also often apply to those who have never been to a library. In a 2016 survey, the Center found that Hispanic adults, the elderly, people living in households earning less than $ 30,000, and those who have a high school diploma or have not graduated from high school. high school students were among the most likely to report in this survey that they had ever been to a public library.
via Pew Research
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post, and The New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.