Read a book, will ya?

United States
March 30, 2009 11:13am CST
It is estimated that today in America, less than three percent of us read books. I'll repeat that..less than three percent of American citizens read. On a similar note, less than fifteen percent read newspapers. How could anybody in this country, let alone those who are less fortunate, possibly seek to stay informed this way? At the same time, the major news outlest of the world are feeding us lies each and every day. Who really cares about Brittney Spears? Why was her life story all over the news while our country was locked in a false war with Iraq? Hmmm?
3 responses
• United States
30 Mar 09
Interesting statistic. I love to read. But I do not read the local news paper, the morning news basicaly reads it to you. I subscribe to online papers, the New York Time is free online and will even send you articles with key words that you select. And you are right, no one except maby her family cares that much about Spears
• United States
30 Mar 09
Not to criticize you or anything, but have you tried "alternative" media? I find it to be quite effective to be informed from both sides of an arguement.
• United States
30 Mar 09
suggestions are always welcome. I do not know of any reliable sources. If you would suggest some (or if you can post the links) then I will look into them. I like to be informed, and have different views.
@Bionicman (3967)
• Czech Republic
4 Apr 09
I don't believe that statistic is true. I read books regularly but I'm not from America lol
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
31 Mar 09
I'm pretty suprised by that. Where did you get your statistics? I read books regularly. I'm fairly guilty of not reading the newspaper often enough, but I do get "news" in some form or another on a fairly regular basis. I probably don't keep up with politics as much as some, and sometimes in the past I have actually chosen to avoid watching the news, not so much because of politics, but because of the violence that goes on. I know it's important to be informed, but there are times when I do wonder "what difference does it make"? Also, sometimes when you have young children in the house, you don't always want them hearing about the latest drive by.