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One in six UK children are failing to read even one book per month

The internet has undoubtedly changed the way many people live their lives by offering information and convenience at rapid speeds, and new studies prove that these lifestyle changes are becoming more ingrained than ever -- especially in those who were born using it.

For instance, Beloit College, which is located in Wisconsin, released its annual Mindset List yesterday to remind teachers that college freshman born in the early 1990's see the world in a different way. The list, which states that the Web is now older than incoming freshman, offers 75 references as to how these college freshman think. For example, they think of the internet retailer when hearing the word "Amazon" instead of the South American river. Other examples, which are likely attributed to a generation gap rather than the internet, are that incoming freshman do not even know what the OJ Simpson murder trial and subsequent acquittal was about.

"Hmm, I know there was some scandal about him," said Alex Keesey, 18, a freshman at Beloit College. "I think it was robbery or murder, maybe both."

Now, a new survey further proves how the internet has changed the minds of those growing up with it. The new poll shows that UK youngsters born in the age of the internet are reading websites like Facebook and Twitter more than they're reading books.

The survey, which was conducted by the British charity National Literacy Trust, consisted of 18,141 children from ages eight to 17. It found that one in six children are failing to read even one book per month.

Instead, UK children are ditching literature for social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. According to the survey, the older end of the ages eight to 17 spectrum were significantly more likely to have not read a book in the past month than the younger children.

In response to these findings, Secretary for Education Michael Gove has proposed the challenge that all children at age 11 should read 50 books per year.

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RE: Meh
By FITCamaro on 8/24/2011 2:32:14 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Pretty sad to have NEVER thought, "Wow that sounds like a cool story. Let me read it."

RE: Meh
By inighthawki on 8/24/2011 2:47:23 PM , Rating: 2
Because I feel like my time can be better spent on other things. Some people have other forms of entertainment. I happen to enjoy programming and solving algorithmic and logic puzzles in my time, because I feel it is a better use of my time and and can better enhance my ability to solve problems than reading a story.

RE: Meh
By ClownPuncher on 8/24/2011 2:54:38 PM , Rating: 2
It might help your skill in grammar and basic English.

RE: Meh
By inighthawki on 8/24/2011 3:32:37 PM , Rating: 2
That's true, but I've found it's much easier to just pay attention during lectures in English class. The fact that I know grammatical structure and can spell better than many other people I know, who read a significant amount, would suggest that reading is not the only (nor the most significant) way to learn proper English/grammar/etc.

RE: Meh
By ClownPuncher on 8/24/2011 3:57:33 PM , Rating: 2
Isn't that a non-argument? Obviously it isn't the only way to learn proper English. As far as your friends that read go... it would suggest nothing.

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