Share via Email A thing of the past? Reading for pleasure outdoors in the s. Today's children's lives don't naturally have space for reading. They grow up with a continuous stream of entertainment — endless TV channels, digital devices and on-demand access.
Forty percent of the people in the U. They may surf the web, or the read the occasional newspaper, but they do not read more than one book fiction or non-fiction in a year. The closer you look at the statistics, the more depressing it gets.
Reading skills for all levels of educational attainment are declining, up to and including people with Masters and PhDs.
Reading is strongly correlated with all sorts of good things, such as voting, volunteering, civic responsibility, and even exercise.
Furthermore, reading skill at a young age is a very good predictor of future educational success and earnings. And even if they are, most people never read books in the first place.
Most of the numbers quoted here are from the National Endowment for the Arts report To Read or Not To Readwhich conducted its own surveys and collated others from the US government and universities; and all with large sample sizes.
Where America goes culturally and technologically, the rest of the world tends to follow.
It is true that book reading has never been anywhere close to universal, but it is also true that book reading, and the reading of literature, is gradually declining across all age ranges.
Finally, the third is defensive: People are reading more than ever on the web! In any case, I suspect that the total volume of words that people read on the web is really quite high, perhaps higher than what they would have otherwise read in books.
If we were only worried about the number of words people read, then we could take heart from a couple of game designers I met at a reading event.
One said that his mobile phone game had 30, words in it. The other informed the audience that his quiz game not only required reading because the questions were written out — rather than spoken — but it actually had a traditional three-act structure just like real literature because it had a beginning, middle, and end.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea: Reading tabloid articles is not the same as reading ten essays or a single book. The situation is undeniably bad. What might this entail?
You guessed it — videos of intellectuals talking to a camera. The overwhelming popularity of YouTube has seemingly made many people decide that intellectual discourse should also migrate to short-form videos.
Certainly the backers of Big Think believe that there is an audience for these sorts of videos. The most well-known aggregator is Arts and Letters Dailywhich links to three articles and essays every day, at least two of which are guaranteed to be actually good and interesting.
No, despite the plethora of skateboarding dogs on YouTube, there is no shortage of intellectual content online. I can believe the former; I would take serious issue with the latter. A Superior Medium With the advent of YouTube and affordable digital video cameras, there are plenty of lectures and talks now online.
The more interesting videos eventually percolate upwards, becoming recommended in weblogs posts, and invariably, someone will ask in the comments whether a transcript is available.
You can lose much of the passion and presence of what draws people to talks in the first place.Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volumes of 6 (Everyman's Library) at yunusemremert.com Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.
The Brooklyn diocese has hired a marketing firm. In Newark one of the first things Father Kevin Hanbury did when he was made vicar of education last year, before he hired a full-time marketing director, was host a white linen luncheon for the local media.
Here are five facts about American reading habits that may surprise you, courtesy of a recently conducted survey from the Pew Research Center: 1. SOME PEOPLE HAVE NOT EVEN TOUCHED A BOOK THIS YEAR. This is a report on a readership survey carried out among the students at the London School of Economics in the beginning of The survey was carried out by a group of third‐year sociology students under the direction of the writer.
The primary purpose of the study was to give some practical research training to these students, as part of their course. The long, steady decline of literary reading Study: The Number of Teens Reading for Fun Keeps Declining  As disappointed as librarians might be, we must realize there are opportunities and challenges for us.
Effects of Social Media on Reading Habits 1. Social Media and Decline in Reading Culture. The phenomenal growth in digital technologies and the rise of social media platforms over the past few years have revolutionized the way in which people communicate and share information.