— Ray Bradbury, recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. Renowned author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. (1920-2012)
I don’t think it’s possible to underestimate the importance of reading–not only for personal growth, but for the benefit of our society-at-large. Saw some disturbing reading statistics from 2012 today:
- 56%: Young people who claim they read more than 10 books a year. (That’s not even one a month.)
- 33%: U.S. high school graduates who will never read a book after high school. (Never. As in no more books their entire life.)
- 42%: College students who will never read another book after they graduate. (It’s getting worse.)
- 80%: U.S. families that did not buy a book this year. (Can it get worse?)
If you are a reader, good for you! According to the same study, if you read only 15 minutes a day you expose yourself to 1 million words annually. All of those words help keep your brain nimble–and a nimble brain is a good thing!
What are your thoughts on reading and our culture?
Michael Ehret, for Writing on the Fine Line
Michael Ehret loves to play with words and as editor of the ACFW Journal, he is enjoying his playground. He also plays with words as a freelance editor here at WritingOnTheFineLine.com, where he often takes a writer Into The Edit, pulling back the veil on the editing process. He has edited several nonfiction books, played with words as a corporate communicator, and reported for The Indianapolis Star.