Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Is Book Reading On The Decline?

Accepted Readers,

I was browsing Facebook last night and I stumbled across the following picture:

I'm not entirely sure if these statistics are exactly correct, but for the sake of this post let's say that they are. So according to these standards, does that make those of us (Adults) who do read the outcasts? The social eccentric nerds? If so, I will take that label and wear it with pride. I guess I'll be a nerd until I die. As an adult, I often get a lot of strange looks when I'm reading in public, do any of you experience the same thing? Now I understand why. =-/

I think one of the biggest reasons for the decline is technology. Don't get me wrong...I'm on various social networks and spend many hours with my eyeballs glued to my phone more than I would like to admit but I try to find a happy medium. Should I be reading more? Of course! I'm just glad that I do read, even if it's not as often as I would like! Reading just one book a year is more than the average adult reads! Crazy right?

On a serious note, it ruffles my feathers that such a large percentage of adults choose not to visit bookstores. What kind of example does that set for their children? It could be one reason why so many children never read another book once they finish school. Remember children imitate what they see their parents doing! Come on parents; Pick up a book show your kids it's cool to read! Reading is a magical and glorious thing! Get involved! 

What are your thoughts on these book related facts? I would love to hear your opinions, leave me a comment below!


  1. I don't know, I read every day and most of the people I know read often. Not that they read everyday, but they always have one book or another that they are in the middle of.
    I do believe that the more a chile reads the more likely they are to be empathetic, there's not alot of other ways to see life through different eyes.

  2. I was lucky to grow up in a household that appreciates reading -- I think we've all pretty much kept that good habit. However, I've noticed that among people I've worked with, many consider reading an extra they don't have time for. Hopefully blogging will have a hand in changing that by coaxing them into reading short blog posts on topics of interest...