Trendspotting: Kids & Digital Reading
Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I recently read the results of a survey Scholastic conducted regarding kids and their reading habits in our increasingly digital age. I found lots of fascinating insight about the reading habits these children are developing. Did you know…
- 25% of 9- to 17-year-olds believe texting constitutes reading
- 25% of 6- to 17-year-olds have read a book on a digital device
- 14% of parents have read a book on a digital device
- 39% of 9- to 17-year-olds believe online information is always correct
- 33% of 9- to 17-year-olds would read more if they had access to e-books
- 66% of 9- to 17-year-olds will continue to read print books
- 39% of boys say reading for fun is important
- 56% of 6- to 8-year-olds read frequently (5 to 7 days per week)
- 24% of 15- to 17-year-olds read frequently
- 91% of children are more likely to finish a book they have picked out
What surprises you in these statistics? Do you see the same trends in your children or children you know? How do these numbers inform your writing?