Wednesday, January 14, 2009

NEA Study Shows Increased Reading

According to the recently announced results of a study by the National Endowment for the Arts, reading rates among American adults have risen nearly four percent since 2002, the first increase in reading rates measured by the study over its more than 25-year history. The new statistics suggest 50% of all American adults are reading fiction, an increase of 16.6 million readers. Also from the announcement: "Young adults show the most rapid increases in literary reading. Since 2002, 18-24 year olds have seen the biggest increase (nine percent) in literary reading, and the most rapid rate of increase (21 percent). This jump reversed a 20 percent rate of decline in the 2002 survey, the steepest rate of decline since the NEA survey began."

4 comments:

saveophelia said...

For god's sake, FINALLY!

Allison said...

I agree! Finally!! Books and reading are the best thing out there!! :-)

mike mitchell said...

I don't believe it. I hope it's true but what would cause the up-tick?

Gwen Dawson said...

Reading is cheap entertainment. Maybe the economic crisis is contributing to the uptick.