Posted on July 28, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A study of teens across thirty countries came back with plenty of discouraging news.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development polled teens about their reading habits and attitudes and also had them take the Program for International Student Assessment, which covers math, science, and reading.

Teens who said they most often read print books scored forty-nine points higher than those who said they rarely read — but those who most often read on digital devices came in just fifteen points higher than the rare readers.

The author of a summary of the report cautions that this doesn't necessarily mean print is the cause of the stronger scores; it could be that stronger readers prefer to read on paper.

But if you're an avid print fan, hold your celebrations, because all readers got bad news.

The number of students who called reading a waste of time went up by over five percentage points, and reading performance worldwide declined from 2012.

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