Mittwoch, 22. August 2018

New Report: American Teens Spend Less Time Reading / Porter Anderson

It’s perfectly understandable that one of the least popular comments researchers can make around book publishers these days is that young people are reading less. Nevertheless, when the point is put forward with the weight of scientific studies behind it, it’s hard to deny that the trend is deeply underway–toward short-form bursts of reading and writing on one social medium or another, and away from the long-form immersive-reading experience of a book.
Looking thoughtfully at the messages such research offers can produce a better chance of cogent, responsible reaction than efforts at dismissing or dashing past such evidence. The latest of those, as described in an article published Monday (August 20) by the American Psychological Association (APA), has a bald statement of the situation available for those ready to face the challenge: “Time on digital media has displaced time once spent enjoying a book or watching TV.”
That’s Jean M. Twenge, lead author of a newly released study, Trends in US Adolescents’ Media Use, 1976 to 2016, published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture. ... [mehr]

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