Posted on 08/23/2018 at 06:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Ugh. One-third of teenagers haven’t read a book for pleasure in the past year, according to a new survey from the American Psychological Association.

Many aren’t even reading a newspaper or magazine, either: Just 16 percent of twelfth-graders reported looking at one of those every day in 2016, compared with 60 percent in the late 1970s.

Don’t blame TV and movies, though. Blame digital media. In 2016, the average twelfth-grader spent about six hours per day online, texting, and browsing social media — more than twice the average figure in 2006.

The APA website has a summary of the survey (plus a link to purchase the full version), and Time magazine also has more details in its article.

Categories: Today in Books

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