Millennials Read More Than the Rest of Us

Most pick up books at least once a week: Pew
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2014 8:31 AM CDT
Millennials Read More Than the Rest of Us
In this photo taken on June 20, 2011, Anya Gorelik restocks books on shelves at the Denver Public Library.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Today's kids don't read, right? Wrong, io9 reports: A Pew survey finds that some 67% of those ages 16 to 29 read a book at least once a week—more than the 58% of adults ages 30 and older who do so. Meanwhile, 43% of the younger group reads daily or almost daily, compared to 40% of the older group. The under-30s also visit the library at about the same rate as the 30-plus set.

But millennials are less likely than older folks to say public libraries are key parts of their communities, the Atlantic reports. And when it comes to reading the news, the older group does it more often—64% read it in print or online daily or almost daily, compared to 55% of the younger group. Interestingly, however, millennials are more likely than older Americans to agree that there is "a lot of useful, important information that is not available on the Internet." (Meanwhile, only one in four millennials plans to vote this fall, and their political views are influenced by a surprising character.)

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