Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on July 11th, 2004, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

From Friday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, an article highlighting a 10 percent drop in the amount of literature (novels, short stories, poetry, plays, etc.) Americans are reading. The study is from 1982 to 2002 and it reaches across gender, age, race and ethnicity lines – with the biggest decline among people 18 to 24 years old (28 percent). Some quotes:

“It got to the point that I felt I was sounding like I was from feudal times if I mentioned something from a book. I got more response by alluding to ‘Seinfeld.’ ”

“More interesting was the fact that reading literature isn’t seen as a component of learning how to write.”

“But sometimes, the world’s so busy that young people are afraid to be alone. It’s not a familiar state to them.”

For many people, “the reading muscle is atrophied because the head is doing something else.”

“Readers will never grow out of the need for the imagination.”

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