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Which Age Group Does the Most Reading?

Their lives may be more focused around technology, and they may view the world differently than previous generations, but that doesn’t mean that so-called Millennials don't read. Despite being frequently derided as anti-intellectual and self-obsessed, as a demographic, Millennials actually read more than older folks, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey of more than 6,000 Americans. The study found that 43% of Millennials read books daily, a rate similar to older adults. Overall, 88% of Millennials said they had read at least one book in the past year, compared to 79% of older respondents.

Putting generations in their place:

  • The term "Millennial Generation" describes the generation of people born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s.
  • The Millennial Generation is also known as Generation Y, which followed Generation X -- those people born between the early 1960s and the 1980s.
  • Millennials have also been called the "Peter Pan" or "Boomerang" Generation, because of the propensity of some to move back in with their parents, and a tendency to delay typical rites of passage such as marriage or the pursuit of a career.
Discussion Comments
By Flywheel1 — On Apr 12, 2017

About "88% of Americans aged 16 to 29 read a book in the past year, compared to 79% of Americans over the age of 30."

Only makes sense. This is the high school-college-grad school demographic.

By dimchild — On Apr 12, 2017

So the next generation should be the Post Millennial Generation, or the Z Generation. That is, those born between early 2000 and early 2020. We are barely 3 to 5 years away from the lower age group of this Generation.

By anon998119 — On Apr 12, 2017

And why do you think that people read less? We have seen and done most everything, so now we just read a short story or forums to learn about everyday changes.

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