It’s no secret that most kids these days are completely obsessed with technology and social media and it seems all that time wasted on screens is taking them away from the pleasures of reading, and we mean books, not Facebook feeds.
A new study out of San Diego State University finds that one third of teenagers haven’t actually read a single book in the past year. Overall only 6% of those between the ages of 17 and 18 have read a book for pleasure every day, which is shocking when you think 60% of the same age range did so in the late 1970s. And it’s not just books that they aren’t reading. The study finds that only 2% of 15 to 16 year olds read a newspaper daily, down from 31% in the nineties.
So what are they doing instead? Well, not surprising the study finds teens are usually spending most of their day online. Between 2006 and 2016, social media use among 15 year olds went up 75% to five hours a day. And for those ages 13 to 14, it went up 68% to four hours a day.