One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many do not even graduate from high school.
58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
42% of college graduates never read another book.
80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57% of new books are not read to completion.
I find the numbers a little troubling but at the same time hard to believe. I know a lot of people and I venture to say that 90% of them read books. I even venture into saying that at least 75% of the people that read this blog read books. Heck, Michael (Mr, your flipping the bird in my space picture is too much) read more books a month than I do a year… so that has to count for something.
I have stopped reading 2 books halfway, but I think I eventually ended up finishing them. I can see people getting book for a plane ride and not reading it anymore once routine kicks in. I think the biggest complaint I have heard from readers is that people do not have enough time to read anymore.
We go to the bookstore at least once a week and not just to pick up Manga. I am reading the Harry Potter series and have already The Wheel of Time series line up after that. I also have the latest Crichton to read and a couple others. So there is no shortage of things to read, more like a shortage of time. I am also behind in all of my computer, video game and sports magazines.
Reading books is very important, specially those that have to do with your field of work. They keep you up with terminology and advances. Reading for pleasure also broadens your horizon and helps your imagination stretch. I don’t think movies do that for us because even the best ones are just like stepping in someone else’s imagination, not using your own.
So be kind and post some comments about how much you actually read.