Americans Are Reading Less Than Ever

Reading is not a thing for Americans anymore.

A Gallup poll is reporting that Americans are reading fewer books than in the past. Respondents reported they were reading an average of 12.6 books per year. That’s two or three fewer than they reported between 2001 and 2016.

It’s also the smallest number reported in any survey dating back to 1990. The reasons for the decline in reading were not immediately clear, but could perhaps be because of a lack of interest, a lack of time, or COVID-19 related disruptions.

They did say the poll notes that college graduates, women and older Americans also are reading a bit less. They are the biggest groups that read to begin with.