Wednesday, August 22, 2007

no…reading this doesn’t count!

According to an AP article about an AP-Ipsos poll, 27% of adults didn’t read a single book last year. Non-readers tended to male, less educated, lower income, minorities, rural, less religious and older (although the elderly readers were among the most avid).

As an aside, it was ironic that an article on literature literacy fell short in the arena of math literacy. The first sentence below implies a median; the second implies a mode. Either the writer doesn’t know the difference or was careless in transitioning from one statistic to another.

The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year - half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven.

Anyway, I love reading—as do most of you—and I think it’d be better if more people read more often. But at the end of the day, it’s a more difficult investment for some—and what one reads is almost as important as the fact that one reads.


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