More than a quarter of US adults say they have not read a book – in whole or in part and in paper or electronic format – in the last year, according to a new survey.
27% of adults say they have not read books in the last 12 months, compared to 19% in 2011, but identical to the share that declared it in 2015, according to the Pew Research Center.
Research shows that people who are less likely to read books fall into different categories.
Forty-four percent of adults with a high or low school diploma are much more likely than those with a college degree or advanced degree to report not reading books in any format, according to the results.
Even adults with lower levels of education are among the least likely to own smartphones, devices that have seen a substantial increase in usage for reading e-books from 2011 to 2016.
Those "whose annual family income is $ 30,000 or less are more likely than those living in families who earn $ 75,000 or more per year to be readers without books (36% versus 14%)," he said. study.
Meanwhile, 40 percent of Hispanics and 33 percent of African Americans are more likely than whites – 22 percent – to report not having read a book in the last year.
But there are differences between Hispanics born inside and outside the United States: 56% of foreign-born Hispanics say they have not read a book, compared to 27% of Hispanics born at internal of the country.
In a 2016 survey, the center "found that Hispanics, older adults, those who live in families who earn less than $ 30,000 and those who have a high school diploma or did not graduate from high school are the most inclined to declare that they have never been in a public library. "
But a 2015 survey found that some of these same demographic groups recognized the importance of libraries in their communities and their families.
African American and Hispanic adults, those in low-income families and adults aged 30 or older are more likely to say that their local libraries serve them and their families "very well".
Overall, Americans read an average of 12 books a year, while the typical American read four books in the last 12 months, according to the study.
Each of these figures has remained substantially unchanged since 2011, when the Center began conducting surveys on American book reading habits.
The survey of 1,502 US adults was conducted from January 8th to February 7th.
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