A 2014 study by Common Sense Media reports that teenagers read for enjoyment far less than they used to. In addition, literacy and reading achievement levels have stagnated for older teens. As of 2014, only 17 percent of 17-year-olds read every day, as compared to 53 percent of 9-year-olds.
Over the past 30 years, the proportion of teens who say they "hardly ever" or "never" read has tripled. 45 percent of 17-year-olds report reading for enjoyment only one or two times per year. In addition, while the reading scores of 13-year-olds have improved during those 30 years, the scores of 17-year-olds have not changed. Teenage girls read 10 minutes more per day than boys and rate as more proficient at reading.Learn More
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As of 2014, one of the main reasons teens for the decline in teen interest in reading is their easy access to digital media and tools. Teens have become accustomed to receiving quick bits of information through online articles, text messages and social media. Teens also have greater access to film and television entertainment.Full Answer >
A 2014 study by the University of Exeter's Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour found that magpies are not attracted to shiny things. Contrary to popular belief, this member of the family Corvidae is afraid of and avoids unfamiliar objects.Full Answer >