Children Prefer to Read Electronically, But Also Read Less Often Says Survey


I have been open in sharing my struggle with getting my children to love reading. When I was a kid, I would read quite often and honestly, it was an activity that I loved to do. My husband’s experience with reading was the opposite of mine, preferring not to read over doing something else.

As I try to help my son increase his reading skills, without making it seem like a chore, has been a little bit of a struggle. I wasn’t sure, and am still not sure, if it’s an inherited quality or if it’s something I just need to continue working on, but I do know that I want him to love reading one day. We’ve tried many different methods to get him to read and right now, his favorite way seems to be electronically with the use of computers, tables and smart phones.

A large survey was conducted by the National Literacy Trust in the U.K which looked at 34,910 young people between the ages of 8 and 16 and it revealed a lot about how kids are reading, how much they’re reading, and how much that has changed over the years. They released their findings from their survey today and some of the stats are quite interesting.

  • Children Prefer to Read Electronically, But Also Read Less Often Says Survey 1 of 7

    The results of the survey are interesting and show how much has changed with technology.

  • Reading Preference 2 of 7

    52% of those who took the survey said they preferred to read on screen compared with 32% who preferred print, with the remainder having no opinion either way or preferring not to read at all.

  • Regular Reading 3 of 7

    9% of the young people read every day on computers and screens, compared with 28% who read each day using printed materials. This leads to the conclusion that those children who read in print, are reading because they enjoy it more. 

  • Child’s Favorite 4 of 7

    Only 12% of those who read using new technology like tablets, e-readers and smartphones said they really enjoyed reading, compared with 51% of those who favored traditional print books.

  • Print vs Screen 5 of 7

    The children in the survey 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%).

  • Over the Years 6 of 7

    The number of children between the ages of 8 and 16 who are reading newspapers has fallen from 46.8 per cent in 2005 to 31.2 per cent in 2012.

  • Girls vs Boys 7 of 7

    The survey showed that girls are significantly more likely to read in print than boys. Girls are 68% likely to read in print and boys are only at 54%.

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Source:  National Literacy Trust

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