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Christina's LIS Rant
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
  NEA Study: Reading at Risk
June 2004. Pointed out on the CLIS-List (archives) by Karen Patterson.
NEA did a comprehensive survey of the reading habits of Americans. Of course we read fewer novels, that's a trend that's been around for a while. What this report indicates, however, is that reading is plummeting. Eeek.
the report can be further summarized in a single sentence: literary reading in America is not only declining rapidly among all groups, but the rate of decline has accelerated, especially among the young. The concerned citizen in search of good news about American literary culture will study the pages of this report in vain.

n=17,000. The reading must be "novels, short stories, plays, or poetry in their leisure time (not for work or school)."
 
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