Australian teens are reading print more than they are reading e-books. Joint research conducted by Melbourne’s Deakin University and Perth’s Murdoch University has found that 60% of teenagers aged 12 to 16 who read regularly are turning pages on printed books. The research also shows 50% of young adults read frequently for pleasure.
Dr Leonie Rutherford is the project leader behind the new study and said that despite the proliferation of e-readers and smartphones, teens are reading print. “We surveyed around 550 teenagers and interviewed about 40 in depth, and found that while some are using digital e-readers, the majority say they preferred real, printed books,” says Rutherford.
“The teenagers commented they appreciated the physical and sensory lure of a real book, and said printed texts are often more accessible and easier to handle than e-books. Those who we spoke to in-depth said they prefer the feel of a real object and the fact they can own a book and put it on the shelf.”