Stealing a page from Sports Illustrated, here is a Sign of the Apocalypse: 443,963 Facebook users “like” a page called “I Hate Reading.” Moreover, 276,312 Facebook users “like” a “I Hate Books” page. In fact, there are dozens of Facebook pages devoted to the hatred of reading and books in general.
A recent study by The Kaiser Family Foundation found children 8 to 18 read 38 minutes a day, down from 43 in a previous survey. That study related to magazines and newspapers.
Another study by the University of Maryland found that pleasure reading dropped 23 percent from 2003 to 2008 — 65 minutes a week to 50 minutes a week — with the greatest drop in ages 12 to 14.
Nonetheless, most experts agree that children are reading; they are just reading differently than we did: from their phones, computers, and iPads, for example.
And with the popularity of Twilight, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, it appears today’s kids are reading, even if they are telling the Facebook community otherwise.