Interesting Facts About Reading and Readers

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Some of this data doesn't include the COVID era when more people picked up books. Of course, data varies but here are a few stats to ponder.

In 2020, adults in the United States spent more time reading on weekdays than in the past seven years, according to recent data. The average time spent reading in the US amounted to approximately 20 minutes on weekdays, while daily time spent reading on weekends and holidays reached 21 minutes.

According to the Pew Research Center, the average adult American reads 12 books a year, with half of Americans reading 4 or less. Those with a college degree do pick up more books at 17 a year, with half reading 7 or less, but it’s not that much of a difference in the grand scheme of things.

Women read more than men, 19.8 minutes per day compared to 13.2, with men’s reading time declining more quickly than that of women. Those in the U.S. aged 20–34 read the least, with an average of 6.6 minutes per day, with teenagers reading 1.8 minutes more. Those 75 and older read the most, with an average of 51 minutes per day.

The most read book in the world is the Bible. The Bible far outsold any other book, with a whopping 3.9 billion copies sold over the last 50 years.

Teenage reading statistics show over 80% of them don’t read for pleasure on a daily basis. One of every three teenagers has not read a book for pleasure in a year

Reading statistics show 83% of children who are read aloud to love it or like it a lot. The same research also showed that read-aloud time is on the rise. In 2021, the percentage of parents who read to their child before their first year was 73%. In 2018, that percentage went up to 67%.

Children who read at least 20 minutes a day are exposed to almost 2 million words per year.

According to studies, reading offers even better stress reduction than some of the other popular methods, such as listening to music or exercising. Likewise, health and wellness statistics show that 30 minutes of reading can also lower the heart rate, blood pressure, and feelings of psychological distress.

Gen Z, ages up to –25, have increased their reading more than any other generation since coronavirus struck.

A new survey shows that the US states of Vermont and Oregon have the strongest reading habits in the country.

Millennials, ages 26–40, are the most voracious readers, with 80% of Millennials having read a book in the last 12 months. They are also the biggest library-goers of the five generations.

Reading stats show that 50% of people who read before bed report sleeping better than non-readers.

So, read a good book each day, or night, for a your physical and mental health.

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