As I am rapidly approaching my graduation from Northeastern University, I realize that the continuation of my education will be entirely in my own hands. Reading, whether it be news articles, opinion pieces, or book, will be one way that I hope to do so.
Research from the Pew Research Center found, recently, that 26% of U.S. adults haven’t read a book in the last 12 months. Of course, we’re a busy nation and many adults in the U.S. work more than one job and simply don’t have time to sit down and read an entire book. The Pew Center went on to break down the demographics of those Americans who hadn’t read a book, either in its entirety or just a part, in 12 months and the results are not surprising.
It’s easy to see that demographic groups that are the most powerful in our society are those that were least likely to have not read a book in the last year (i.e. were likely to be among those who HAD read a book in the last year).
Relatively speaking, U.S. adults who were women, white, between the ages of 18 and 49, made more than $75K per year, were college educated, and lived in urban America were most likely to have read a book. Forty percent of Hispanics and adults with a high school degree or less hadn’t read a book in the last year and 33 percent of those with an income of less than $30K hadn’t either.
The amount of leisure time that adults from different demographics have is, clearly, an influencing factor here. Researcher Andrew Perrin also draws connections to another study from Pew which found that uneducated Americans are among the least likely to own a smartphone or tablet which could also contribute to these distinctions.