Millennials Read More Books Than People Over 30

By Dianna Dilworth 

Millennials in the U.S. read more books than people over the age of 30, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center.

The organization surveyed of more than 6,000 U.S. adults and found that 88 percent of Americans under the age of 30 revealed that they had read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those people over the age of 30.

The research also found that library usage is slipping. In fact, Americans buy more books than they borrowed from libraries. Still it isn’t the younger crowd that is turning libraries. “Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website,” according to the report. 

However, despite their library usage, only 19 percent of those people surveyed under the age of 30 reported that if their library closed it would have a major impact on them and their family, as compared to 32 percent of older adults. The report also revealed that 51 percent of younger Americans said that a library closing would have a major impact on their community, while 67 percent of older adults said the same thing.