What's a book, dude? - the dumbing down of America
Tuesday, January 24, 2006 at 11:05AM
Malcolm Lambe

book4.gifUS statistics - Who is Reading Books (and who is not)

33% 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.

Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.

stats supplied by Annalou Larsen

"Based on a U.S. Census Bureau study that polled more than 17,000 adults, the report shows that fewer than half of Americans over the age of 18 — only 46.7 percent — had read a novel, short story, play or poem in the preceding year, a decline of 10 percent in literary reading between 1982 and 2002." from association of american publishers

And these figures are reflected in their atrocious spelling.

"Don't be hattin" you hear?

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