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People Are (Sort of) Reading More!

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One of the first entries I ever wrote for Motivation Matters was about a report that said students, and people in general, were reading less. As I mentioned in that post, as a book lover and avid reader, that news was disheartening and—quite frankly—a little frightening.

It's been over a year since I wrote that post, and today a new report (PDF), which surveyed about 18,000 adults 18 and older, was released by the same organization—The National Endowment for the Arts—that says for the first time in 25 years, more people are reading literature. The overall rate of reading grew 7 percent, with the biggest gains in the 18-24 age group. Compared with statistics from 2002, members of that age group increased reading rates by 9 percent. The researchers attribute this growth to a renewed push for reading in schools.

However, I should point out that although more people report reading literature, the overall rates of people reading still fall short of the rates reported the first time the survey was done in 1982. Then, 57 percent of adults reported reading literature, while only 50 percent of adults today report reading literature in the past year. Sixty percent of the 18-24 age group reported reading in 1982 compared to 52 percent surveyed in 2008.

So while the rates are on the rise for the first time since the survey was started, those rates are still well below the data collected 26 years ago. But perhaps I shouldn't be so discouraged. The rates are going up, and that's a good thing.

There's plenty of information here to think about if you're a literature geek like me—such as how many people are reading fiction vs. poetry and plays. Also, there are statistics about how many people are reading articles, blogs, and information online. Interesting stuff that's worth checking out.

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I love your blog! What a fabulous suject to cover. Motivating kids and adults for that matter is one of the toughest parts of my job. I was very pleased to read that people are reading more! It's about time and considering the video game era we are in, it is refreshing to know that some people still pick up a good book now and then!

I love your blog! What a fabulous suject to cover. Motivating kids and adults for that matter is one of the toughest parts of my job. I was very pleased to read that people are reading more! It's about time and considering the video game era we are in, it is refreshing to know that some people still pick up a good book now and then!

Its good to learn that people have started reading more. Narconon Vista Bay feels that the more study, the more awareness.

Interesting post. You'd expect people to disregard reading as a thing of the past. I may be stretching this out a bit, but we'll probably have to thank the Internet for somehow helping people become illiterate but through indirect means (social media, social networking, etc.). Also, there are online courses where you could find interior design programs, business schools, and art institutes that promote further learning, if not literacy.

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