November 19, 2007
Just in from the National Endowment for the Arts (via the Boston Globe):
The average person between ages 15 and 24 spends 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day watching TV and 7 minutes reading.
The report found that the more books there are in a young person’s home, the higher the average scores in science, civics, and history, all reading-based subjects.
Possibly the most striking finding is that, regardless of income, levels of reading for pleasure correlate closely with levels of social life, voting, and political activism, participation in culture and fine arts, volunteerism, charity work, and even regular exercise.
So…it’s not so hard to figure out whether reading is a good idea or not. Go read a book.
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