A Third Of Teenagers Don’t Read Books For Pleasure Anymore

Reading is one way to take a time-out from real life that doesn’t necessarily involve a screen, but it turns out teens aren’t as into reading as they once were. A new survey from the American Psychological Association (APA) finds a third of U.S. teens say they haven’t read a book for pleasure in the last year. The researchers analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future study, which is an annual survey of around 50,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders. The most recent survey found about 34 percent of 12th graders said they hadn’t read a book or e-book for pleasure in the last year– which is about triple the number who said no in the 1970s. But it doesn’t stop there– even television consumption is falling– thirteen percent of eighth graders said they watched five or more hours of television per day in 2016, compared to 22 percent who said the same in the 1990s. However, as of the mid-2010s, the average 12th grader reported spending about six hours per day using digital media (including texting, surfing the internet and using social media.)