I remember reading an article a while ago which explained very interesting facts about how much Americans read. I couldn’t find the article online today but I do remember some of the facts. The facts that were provided are included but not limited to: 1/3 of Americans don’t read a book ever again after high school, 42% of Americans don’t read a book after college, most Americans haven’t walked into a book store in the past 4 years, and 50% of all books read by Americans are never finished. I wanted to write this post because I almost didn’t read the rest of The Lord of the Rings. I thought I was just going to watch the movies, but I decided to finish it when I got bored of reading about ancient history — for now.
It was hard for me to start reading The Lord of the Rings again, not only does it contain 3 volumes of about 400 pages each, but it has 450 words per page! The average book only has 250. I certainly wouldn’t have started the book if I was reading for 700 pages and not 700 minutes. It is also weird why The Hobbit movies have 3 of them and are about the same length as The Lord of the Rings, despite there being a huge difference in the length of the books.
I do not imagine however, that you did not know that Americans neglect reading. Everybody knows that, but this might have put it into perspective. And I am also sure you knew that the youngest Americans are the ones that contribute the most to the facts I described. It seems we are are just as ignorant at reading than we are at certain blog posts, or are we more neglectful at certain blog posts.