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Teen Read Week Survey
The following notes are based on a survey of teenage reading habits in the USA. The survey was conducted by Smartgirl.com and the American Library Association in 1999. Your task is to discuss these results in a magazine article. Before doing this, you should first complete the worksheet Discussing the Results of a Survey.
For further practice in writing about graphs/statistics, there is a very useful exercise at the selfaccess.com site.
In Fall of 1999, SmartGirl.com conducted an online survey of teens about their reading interests, habits, and attitudes.
- Data collected from October 2 through October 25, 1999.
- Respondents were 3,072 US girls and boys, aged 11-18.
- The respondents included 1826 girls and 1246 boys.
72% say they like to read for pleasure when they have time (and, of that group, 36% say they "read constantly for their own personal satisfaction"). 66% read magazines 59% read newspapers 48% read the backs of cereal boxes or other packages Over 60% said they are regularly encouraged to read
- 80% were read aloud to as children, either "sometimes" or "all of the time."
47% said that time constraints kept them from reading more for pleasure
- 29% (mainly boys) said they thought of reading as "boring" or "hard"
- 59% of boys said they were more likely to read for study purposes than just for pleasure
- 78% of girls said they were more likely to read for pleasure than for study
- Favorite booksread this year:
- Classics likeTo Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders and The Catcher in the Rye
- Bestsellers like the Stephen King books
- Young Adult novels likeThe Giver by Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia; and the Harry Potter series.
- Favourite genres:
- 37% Mysteries
- 22% Adventure
- 30% Horror
- 11% True Stories
- 11% of boys said "I basically donít read books much at all."
- 4% of girls said "I basically donít read books much at all."
- 31% of girls read all the time
- 18% of boys read all the time
- 81% of girls would most likely read more if they had the time
- 62% of boys would most likely read more if they had the time
- 77% of girls read fashion and beauty magazines
- 47% of boys read magazines about video games
- 7% of girls read magazines about video games
- 24% of boys read computer manuals or other electronic equipment manuals
- 10% of girls read computer manuals or other electronic equipment manuals
- 36% of girls talk about their reading with their friends
- 24% of boys talk about their reading with their friends
SmartGirl asked: Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not? (SAMPLE QUOTES)
"I love it. It gives you a chance to learn, explore, and experience things you never could without it."
--boy, 15, Muldraugh, Kentucky
"No, because it's hard and I am not very good at it."
--boy, 12, Minneapolis, MN
Yes...I enjoy reading. It is a way for me to relax, to know what is going on, and to use my imagination. I really enjoy reading books that take me into another world... that really make me feel involved. I guess I just appreciate a good story."
--boy, 18, Crofton, MD
"I love reading. It can put you into any situation, time or place. Literature has absolutely no limits."
--girl, 15, Macon, GA
"No, because most of the time I can never find the right book."
--boy, 13, Clayton, CA
"OF COURSE!!!! It broadens your horizons!!! It makes you someone else! You can escape your problems by reading! You can have a boyfriend, be beautiful, talented, smart -- anything you want when you read!! DUH!!!"
--girl, 12, Santa Barbara, CA