Research Study: The Number of Teens Reading for Fun Keeps Declining

Published on May 24th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books

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Study: The Number of Teens Reading for Fun Keeps Declining

Charlotte Alter | Time Magazine

New research released today from Common Sense Media finds that reading rates don’t just fall as kids grow up, but they’ve also dropped dramatically over the last three decades, with 45 percent of 17-year-olds admitting they read by choice only once or twice a year.

A new study shows that kids read for fun less and less as they get older, with 45% of 17-year-olds saying they read by choice only once or twice a year.

Research released today from Common Sense Media shows that not only do reading rates decline as kids get older, but they’ve also dropped off significantly in the past 30 years. In 1984, 8% of 13-year-olds and 9% of 17-year-olds said they “never” or “hardly ever” read for pleasure. In 2014, that number had almost tripled, to 22% and 27%. Girls also tend to read more than boys, as 18% of boys say they read daily, while 30% of girls do.

Parents are also reading to their kids less than ever. In 1999, children ages 2 to 7 were read to for an average of 45 minutes per day. In 2013, that number had dropped to an average of just over 30 minutes per day.

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