Released: June 28, 2013
Pew report: Young adults remain bound to libraries, printed books
Clare Facer spends a lot of time at libraries.
The 20-year-old Southern California native is a college student who prefers to study for her classes at libraries thanks to factors like the peaceful ambiance and prevalent Internet access. And though she is a digital native between the ages of 16 and 29, and conventional wisdom might seem to say otherwise, she’s not unusual.
In fact, she’s in the majority of young Americans, who perhaps surprisingly use libraries and read printed books more often than older Americans.
“Younger Americans — those ages 16-29 — exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology,” according to a new report by Pew Research Center. “Almost all Americans under age 30 are online … (but) they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75 percent) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64 percent of adults ages 30 and older.”