The State of Reading: 2015.

September 15, 2015 | By | Reply More

In summer 2015, Scholastic, in conjunction with YouGov, conducted a survey to explore attitudes and behaviours in the United Kingdom around reading books for fun, surveying nearly 1800 families.

Here’s what they found (see if any of this rings true to you) . . .

One-third of young people aged 6–17 (34%) report they are frequent readers, reading books for fun 5–7 days a week. Those aged 6–8 are the most likely to be frequent readers (54%) in comparison with 17% of people aged 15–17.

While 58% of young people love reading books for fun or like it a lot, reading enjoyment drops significantly after ages 8 and 11. Similarly, 51% of young people say reading books for fun is extremely or very important, yet this too declines after ages 8 and 11.

The Equalizer

The Equalizer

As young people grow older, reading competes with many screen-related activities. For example, when it comes to using a smartphone or other handheld device for going online, less than one-third of people younger than 12 report doing so 5-7 days a week. This increases to 62% of students ages 12-14 and then again to 80% of students ages 15-17. A similar pattern is seen among use of mobiles to text or talk.

Nearly nine in ten parents of young people aged 6–17 (88%) say it is extremely or very important that their young family read books for fun and 75% agree: “I wish my younger family members would do more things that did not involve screen time.”

Across ages, seven in ten young people (71%) say they know they should read more books for fun; the same percentage of parents (71%) wish their younger family members would read more books for fun.

So, what do you think, apprentices, is this you, or not? These surveys can be hit and miss affairs

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I have been working as a full-time author publishing fantasy and science fiction novels for HarperCollins for the last seven years.

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