America’s Facebook Generation is Reading Strong

Image from Huffington Post 8.15.12

If you’re in-between the ages of 18 – 34 there’s a 50/50 chance you checked Facebook this morning immediately after waking up. That and many other statistics at Digital Buzz make me wonder if people in their 20s read books anymore. I know I do, but I’m a librarian. It’s part of my job description. Luckily NPR has statistics, from a report done by Pew Research Center, that say the Facebook generation is still reading strong (yay!).

In a nutshell, “We found that about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. And that’s compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general, American adults. So, they’re reading — they’re more likely to read, and they’re also a little more likely to be using their library.” Not only that, despite the rumors that print books will no longer exist in the future due to e-books, those 20-somethings who were polled do not want e-books to replace print books. There’s still hope for people in their 20s.

To read the full article or listen to the NPR interview click here.

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