Adults under 30 read more print books than older adults, study says

Despite their avid use of technology, young adults read more print books and use the library just as much as older adults, according to a study from the Pew Research Center.

Communicators—and adults in general—like to lament that young people today don’t know proper grammar and spend too much time on technology.

If you’re among those who fear the English language, traditional media and everything else sacred will perish in the hands of today’s youth, consider a recent study from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

The study found that, despite all of the time young people spend on technology, 75 percent of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 have read a book in print within the last year, compared to only 64 percent of older adults.

It also found that Americans under the age of 30 are just as likely as older adults to visit the library, and they borrow and browse for print books at similar rates.

Today’s young adults seem to have found the best of both worlds: they blend libraries’ traditional and technological services.

Perhaps more predictably, young adults are significantly more likely to use technology at a library, or access library websites and services remotely. Almost 50 percent (48 percent) of Americans ages 16-29 have visited a library website, compared to only 36 percent of those aged 30 and older.

But American youth don’t want every aspect of a library to be automated. A whopping 80 percent of Americans under 30 say it’s very important for libraries to have librarians who can help visitors find the information they need.

Check out the full report for more.

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