Young people are increasingly turning to technology such as smartphones and tablets as an avenue to keep themselves entertained. This comes at the expense of spending leisure time expanding their minds through the process of reading. The American Time Use Survey recently issued a report that will be quite startling for parents. It proclaims that teenagers 15 to 19 only read for around 4 minutes a day.
This report basically ascertains that young people’s reading habits are utterly disdainful. Four minutes a day does not amount to much quality time devouring literature. At this pace, it would take over a year and a half to read Donna Tartt’s The GoldFinch.
Americans ages 25 to 34 spend about eight minutes a day on weekends and holidays reading, while ages 20 to 24 spend about 10. The saving grace of the report is that Americans over 75 spend more than an hour a day reading over weekends and holiday. The voracious reading habits of older people likely comes from an era where reading was the only form of entertainment, that was easily accessible.
“The electronic platforms on which children read also hold a host of diversions that are only a click away, competing for children’s time and attention,” the report says. “In addition to ebooks, these platforms may include games, apps, websites, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and a multitude of innovative ways of watching TV and movies.”
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.