“Read in order to live”—Gustave Flaubert
An Associated Press-Ipsos poll released yesterday reports that one in four American adults say they read no books at all in the last year. Reasons for not reading included falling asleep while reading, distractions from recreational/leisure activities, lack of energy, a preference for spending time on the Internet or other media, and economic reasons. The poll also reported that the most avid readers were women and seniors; religious works and popular fiction were the top genres. Other popular genres included romance novels, histories, biographies, and mysteries, but classical literature, politics, and poetry were among the least favored genres. The poll also reflected previous findings that most male readers prefer nonfiction over fiction.
What do you think of these poll results? Should we as Americans be alarmed? What do you think accounts for the decline in reading habits? What, if any, are the implications of these findings for society? How do your reading habits stack up against the findings of this poll?
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