Let Them See Us Reading
While the headline is positive, dig into the details and you’ll see the nuances. While many of us are reading (even reading more as we age), there are a significant number of people who are not reading books at all.
The most recent Gallup poll released January 6, 2017 … “Rumors of the Demise of Books Greatly Exaggerated” … indicates that older adults (aged 65 and older) are reading more than they did in 2002 with 85% now reading one or more books a year (up from 68%).
91% of young adults report reading at least one book in the past year.
Those in the middle years (aged 30 to 64) who reported they have not read a single book in 2016 is a whopping 39%.
Why this matters is that this is the age group raising children, seeing them from birth through the college years.
If they don’t see us reading, they won’t see the value of reading.
From presidents to mayors, school principles to parents and grandparents, young people watch us. We are their role models.
The future of reading, depends on making sure our actions match our words.