One of the things I am most passionate about is reading. This probably comes as no surprise to my fellow introverts, but I become most energized by spending a couple of hours at the bookstore, browsing through aisles of exciting discoveries, with a hot, soy vanilla latte in my grip.
I cannot imagine life without books.
How is it, then, that the majority of Americans haven’t picked up a book since they were a teenager? Justin Zoradi, founder of an international education non-profit, has written an article about how reading promotes empathy and drives innovation. Some of the statistics he cites are the following:
33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42% of college graduates never read another book after college.
80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57% of new books are not read to completion.
Do any of you get flack for being a bookworm? Are the perpetrators generally lacking in empathy for others? I think the connection is rather interesting. Watch the video below, where Raymond Mar, a professor at York University, talks about a link between reading and empathy. In a study of children, Mar found that the more a child reads, the likelier he or she is to be able to understand the emotions of others.