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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 ClownPuncher on 8/24/2011 3:59:39 PM , Rating: 3
Who said there was a need to read for inspiration?

You're very one track, perhaps reading a book and understanding alternate perspectives would alleviate that.

RE: Meh
By inighthawki on 8/24/2011 4:04:16 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I was not specific enough as to what I was referring to, and that is my fault, I apologize. I was responding the the first sentence in the text I quoted where he implies that I don't see a relationship between science fiction and advancements in technology because I do not read, and my point was that it has nothing to do with reading at all.

I apologize since I did not make it clear. I was not trying to imply that a person must read to have inspiration. In fact quite the opposite, when I tried to state that there were many other forms of inspiration, naming other kinds of media as some.

RE: Meh
By ClownPuncher on 8/24/2011 4:14:00 PM , Rating: 2
They are all *potential* points of inspiration. We never know when or how we will be inspired until it happens.

RE: Meh
By inighthawki on 8/24/2011 4:18:57 PM , Rating: 2
I agree entirely, and part of my point is that the alternative activities I do in the time I don't spend reading may be an equal opportunity for inspiration, and that making the choice to not read does not change this. There are just things that I find more fun and more motivating than reading, I just don't understand why other people have an issue with that.

RE: Meh
By ClownPuncher on 8/24/2011 4:31:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I don't care if you like reading or not. Personally, I find it to be very enjoyable. To me, reading fiction or philosophy helps me grasp the complexities of human communication and expression. A great writer can express complex and abstract ideas in ways you may not have considered, which in turn, can give you the tools to do the same.

A teacher can teach you the rules of language, but it is up to the individual to temper his or her own style of communication or expression. A good way to do that is to expose yourself to as many writing styles as you can stand.

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