And the really scary part:
In 1975-9 (to take a random example), a clear majority of teenagers read a book every or almost every day.
Right now, the number is 15% and it’s dropping every year. This includes reading on a tablet or any other device, so it’s not about different formats of reading.
My anecdotal observations support this. Student perceive “reading a whole book” as a very unusual and weird thing.
As you can see from the preceding posts, the time taken away from books isn’t going into working for money, dating, hanging out with friends, homework or extracurriculars. It’s going into screens.
These are poor, crippled kids who have been robbed of one of the greatest pleasures and purposes of life. Imagine what your teenage years would have been if books (and magazines and newspapers) were taken away and substituted with an endless succession of duckface selfies, Twitter likes, and Instagram follows.