An interesting post by Alexis Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic. As he aptly points out, “In 1957, not even a quarter of Americans were reading a book or novel. By 2005, that number had shot up to 47 percent. I couldn’t find a more recent number, but I think it’s fair to say that reading probably hasn’t declined to the horrific levels of the 1950s.”
As he points out from the original feedback he received, there are probably a lot of factors in these numbers and variables that are not accounted for. For instance there is a large gap in the data from 1957 to 1990 which is not accounted for. These are just a few data points – but they are data points that I’ll take.