A new study shows that kids read for fun less and less as they get older, with 45% of 17-year-olds saying they read by choice only once or twice a year.
Research released today from Common Sense Media shows that not only do reading rates decline as kids get older, but they’ve also dropped off significantly in the past 30 years. In 1984, 8% of 13-year-olds and 9% of 17-year-olds said they “never” or “hardly ever” read for pleasure. In 2014, that number had almost tripled, to 22% and 27%.
The decline in reading for fun is most easily explained by technological advances, but education could have something to do with it as well.
Fariba Eghdami (March 15th, 1968) had been a book-reading promoter for 23 years. Proposing and performing various kinds of activities in many places ranging from school classes and among academic groups to companies and ministries, she encouraged people to read books. In 2012, she founded Jahak to publicize the culture of reading and communicating and now more than 1500 students participate in Jahak project of Reading Marathon.
In this talk, she explains one of the most recent ideas that they’ve tried in schools. The idea of reading books in a group and gain the chance of speaking about it to make a better understanding. But the most important aspect is that people get encouraged to communicate especially in a common perception.
The matter of increasing the amount of book- reading in the society caused them to train specialist who can be available in schools and make reading not only as a habit in young age, but also to enjoy it.
Watch the video to learn more about this method: