April 22, 2012
Pardon me, but I'm skeptical!
During our lunch break at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, on the campus of USC, one day this past weekend, my wife, Sharon, chose to entertain me by reading the following statistics from a copy of the Friday, April 20, 2012 edition of the Daily Trojan: Student Newspaper of the University of Southern California since 1912, that she had picked up along the way…
• 1 out of 4 adults read at least one book a week
• 8 out of 10 adults read a minimum of one book a month in their free time.
• 1 out of 5 adults read in excess of 10 hours a week explicitly “because the want to”
• 2 out of 3 adults say they read for pleasure at least three hours a week…
Christina Ellis | Daily Trojan
Can these numbers be true? 1 out of 4 adults read at least one book a week? 8 out of 10 adults read a minimum of one book a month…?
I'm an avid reader and I usually hang out with some pretty literate folks, but few--certainly less than eighty present--of whom I suspect of reading at least one book a month.
I love these numbers, though, and an optimistic me wants to believe them.
Does anyone out there know of any studies to substantiate or refute these figures? Heck, USC's a brilliant school, isn't it? I can trust a graphic they'd print in their student newspaper, can't I?