Education, Skills and Learning

Fewer children are reading for fun, US data shows

Children reading for fun has become less frequent in the US in recent years. Image: Mael BALLAND/Unsplash

Katherine Schaeffer

Writer, Pew Research Center

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55% of 17 year olds in 2020 say that they read for fun. Image: Pew Research Center
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From 1984 to 2020, the number of 9 year old girls reading in their own time every day decreased by 12%. Image: Pew Research Center
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In 2020, Asian children read more in their own time than other races. Image: Pew Research Center
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