The word "millennial" usually conjures up the image of a teenager who's voluntarily trapped indoors to play video games, watch Netflix, and monitor social media all day long. That impression may be true (I know because I have a teen at home), but results of a recent study by the Pew Research Internet Project show that millennials also read. Eighty-eight percent of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 have read at least one book in any format in the past year, compared with 79 percent of Americans who are 30 and older. Fifty percent of millennials have used the library or bookmobile in the same period, compared with 47 percent of older Americans.
Forty-three percent of millennials reported reading a book in any format every day, a rate similar to older adults.
Who are the Millennials?
Pew Research categorizes millennials according to these groups: high schoolers (ages 16-17); college-aged (18-24); and the rest (25-29).
Ninety-eight percent use the Internet. Out of that group, 90 percent said they use social networking sites. Seventy-seven percent have a smartphone. Many also own a tablet (38 percent) or an e-reader (24 percent).
Reading and Library Habits
Here are some of the results of the Pew Research:
Ages 25-29: The library habits and views of this group are similar to older Americans than their younger counterparts. They are less likely than the college-aged adults to have read a book in the past year, but are more likely to follow the news. Forty-two percent are parents, with a high rate of library usage.
Ages 18-24: They are less likely to use public libraries and to have visited a library. They are more likely to buy the books they read than borrow them. They are also more likely to read the news regularly.
Ages 16-17: They are more likely to read, especially print books, for work or school. They are also more likely to use the library for books and research than older groups. They are the only group more likely to borrow the books they read than buy.
To read more about the results of this study by the Pew Research Internet Project, click here.
To read about a related research on Americans’ use of library and technology, click here.