What are Americans reading? In what format? Do women read more than men? These questions were asked by the Pew Internet Research Project last year, and you might find the data compelling.
During the semester, we read (and research and write and present) often because we must do so.
Why should we read anyway, and throughout the year?
An unscientific poll yielded these impressions from readers around Santa Barbara, and a little search of library databases:
- Read minds (no, really, there’s science about it)
- Become a better storyteller
- Try out a new persona, just in your mind
- Connect with your family (what were their favorites?)
- Develop your communication skills (at least you will have a better vocabulary)
- Make you a better writer
- Expand your imagination
- Grow your world view
- Get smarter and smarter maybe
- Improve your concentration and attention span (oh, yes it does)
- Be more interesting to hang out with
- Be kinder
- Reduce stress
Why do YOU read?
What will you be reading for fun this summer?