The Only Thing Kids Are Reading is Text Messages

#Childhood

Tue, Sep 11th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to research by the National Literacy Trust, based on a study of more than 21,000 children carried out last year, the number of children who "read for pleasure" has been steadily declining as that time is replaced with other activities.

The study, which finds a clear link between reading outside class and high achievement in school, reveals that fewer children are reading comics and magazines.

[...] It finds that text messages are the most commonly read material outside of class.

[...] The research found that young people were shunning books in favour of TV -- 54% of those questioned said they preferred watching TV to reading.

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