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Do you like to read in the bathtub?
Have you ever flipped through a magazine in a doctor’s waiting room or hair salon?
Are you tempted to pick up a tabloid while standing in line at the supermarket?
But many children and teens, aged 8 to 16, have cast aside the printed page, according to a new study by the UK organization National Literacy Trust. Instead of reading books, magazines, newspapers or even comic books, they are reading on their smart phones, computers, or tablets. The research shows:
You may say, “Well, as long as they’re reading something, it’s all good, right? Who cares if it’s a printed page or an electronic screen?” But actually it matters. A lot.
All reading is not created equal. And those who read books have the advantage:
“. . . Those who read daily only on-screen are nearly twice less likely to be above average readers than those who read daily in print or in print and on-screen (15.5% vs 26%). Those who read only on-screen are also three times less likely to enjoy reading very much (12% vs 51%) and a third less likely to have a favourite book (59% vs 77%). ” — National Literacy Trust
The bottom line, according to the study, is that “those who read daily only on-screen are much less likely to be good readers than those who read in print.”
The takeaway message for parents? If you want your kids to be a good reader, encourage them to put down the phone and pick up a book.
Do you agree?
by Maryann Hammers