How Many People Still Read Books?


Sienna Harrison

This graphic shows the percentage of people that read books and those that don’t. It’s crazy that many people don’t read, not even online. People who don’t like reading would probably have to read a book at school either way. Reading is proven to make people smarter, so reading is beneficial even if it’s online and not an actual book.

Over the COVID-19 pandemic, many libraries were closed and forced to move online. Many people prefer to read from an actual book rather than online. It is hard to tell if a library has just closed or moved online because it happens at short notice. Those who prefer to read books online have caused many libraries to close.   

According to the Pew Research center, about 64% of American Adults say they have read a book in the past 12 months, and women are more likely than men to have read a book in the past 12 months (51.4% vs. 45.7%). Here are analyzed results from a generational point of view:  

. The 45-54 age group has the highest number of non-readers: 60.9%  

. The 65+ age group reported the lowest number of non-readers: 41.4%  

. The 18-24 age group reported the highest number of audiobook listeners: 17.0%  

. The 65+ age group had the lowest number of audiobook listeners: 5.3%  

The data indicates that the number of non-readers increases with age, while the number of audiobook listeners decreases with age. This may be due to various factors, such as declining health or vision problems. People still prefer the traditional format of print books, which could be because they’re more traditional than their digital counterparts.  

For some people, it’s easier to read audiobooks because you can change the font size and read at night because of the light from the audiobook. Reading print books is easier for younger people because their vision is usually better. Although, most teenagers rarely read due to needing more time and getting bored quickly. One of every three teenagers has not read a book for pleasure in a year.   

Less than 20% of U.S. teens report reading a book, magazine, or newspaper daily for pleasure, while more than 80% say they use social media every day, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. There has been a drastic decline in how many people read books since 1994.  

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