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Reading Statistics that Will Make You Think (infographic)

We all know reading is important, right? After all, you are reading this—unless you have delegated it to an app on your phone … ahem, you know who you are!

With today’s attention deficit-inducing distractions—from gaming to social media—it is common knowledge that literacy is on the decline among all age groups. So with the voice of my old-school journalism professor skipping through my skull—”If your mama tells you she loves you, check it out.”—I decided to look into just how bad it has gotten.

I soon stumbled upon this nifty infographic created by blogger Robb Brewer on the importance of reading. It confirms my worst fears.

Can you believe that 25% of people over the age of 16 have not read a book in the past year? Or that almost half of adults score in the lowest levels of literacy?

What do you think? Do you agree? Do you trust these statistics? What should be done about it? Let us know in the comments below.

The Importance of Reading

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Gary Grimes

Founder and President at Copywriter Brands, LLC
A former journalist who sold out for the less romantic but more sustainable world of online marketing, Gary created Copywriter Brands, including, to help writers connect with each other and the people who hire us—but also to reclaim his love for journalism and storytelling.
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October 12, 2015
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