Say what you will about the generation of millennials, but one thing is for sure: they are a generation of readers, and the latest polls say that they read much more than the rest of us.
According to a recent Pew survey about reading habits and libraries, 67 percent of millennials (defined as those aged 16-29) read a book at least once a week. Meanwhile, only 58 percent of adults ages 30 and older read a book a week. In addition, 43 percent of millennials read daily or almost daily, edging out the 40 percent of older adults who claim to do so. But it's not a black-and-white topic. The survey goes on to say: "Despite their embrace of technology, 62 percent of Americans under age 30 agree there is 'a lot of useful, important information that is not available on the Internet,' compared with 53 percent of older Americans who believe that."
One interesting note is that even though millennials and older adults hit the library at about the same rate, the younger generation is less likely to consider the library as an essential part of their community. Nineteen percent of millennials say their library’s closing would have a major impact on them and their family, compared with 32 percent of older adults. And 51 percent of younger Americans say it would have a major impact on their community, compared with 67 percent of those 30 and older.There is still one category in which older adults out-read their younger peers and that's the news. About 64 percent of older adults read the news either in print or online daily or almost daily, compared to only 55 percent of millennials.
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