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Infographic: Do Your Grandparents Read More Than You?

Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

Founder of Hack Spirit

Published Aug 25, 2020

generational reading habits compared

Reading books is an important part of life for many people.

But have you wondered whether younger people are reading less than older age groups? And what other differences there are in reading habits across generations?

  1. Generational reading habits revealed
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Generational reading habits revealed

In a new infographic, Best By The Numbers explored the reading habits of the 5 generations: Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation. And some of their findings may surprise you.

Millennials are actually the bookworm generation.

80% of Millennials have read a book in the past 12 months – more than anyone else. They are also the demographic most likely to visit a library.

Despite the proliferation of new reading technology (think e-readers, smartphones, and tablets), every generation still prefers print books to digital ones. Even the youngest generation, Gen Z.

While the full effects of the coronavirus are yet to be known for the publishing industry, what this infographic shows is that every generation is reading more since lockdown began. In fact, Gen Z has increased their reading more than the other generations.

And something a little fun? French Baby Boomers are more likely to read sexy books than their Millennial counterparts. The French are clearly ageing well.

For more insights into the reading habits of the 5 generations, check out the infographic below.

generational reading habits

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Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

Founder of Hack Spirit

Lachlan Brown is the founder of Hack Spirit, a media site which publishes in-depth articles about psychology, self-improvement and eastern philosophy.

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