Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Reading Habits Around the World

I love interesting facts and tidbits.  And when these cool facts deal with things I love such as food and reading?  Oh ya, I jump all over that!

Qwer is a website whose focus is on cool facts.  Things that make you go - 'Huh ... I didn't know that'.  They have a post about reading habits around the world according to country that I found interesting which you can read here.

There's no question that literacy is important for success and that a love of reading often starts early in childhood. As someone who is a voracious reader I have to admit that I have started to worry that technology is pushing out the importance of reading in all generations, but especially youth.  Technology is a huge distraction from cell phones, to gaming to keeping up with constantly changing social media sites and more.  After reading this article it was interesting to see where countries stand globally when it comes to picking up a book instead of a device.

This post got me thinking and challenged me about my thoughts and assumptions on world reading.  It's interesting to see the differences in the 30 countries listed and some of the reasons for the discrepancies among countries.  Quite frankly, I thought my country, Canada, would rate higher (tying with Spain for 17th place)!  A big congrats to India for a whopping average of 10.42 hours per week!  Overall, Canada is doing okay in the grand scheme of things with a weekly average of 5.48 hours per week per person of reading time.

In the end it is heartwarming to see that so many countries embrace the love of reading and it is encouraging that reading is available to so many.  But my hope would be to have all countries be able to make books available to the masses so that everyone can have the opportunity to learn the love of reading.

So, where does your country stand in the ratings?

Disclaimer: I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.


Janine K said...

6.18 for Australia, I would spend more time than that, but it is interesting!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Me too, Janine. Our reading times would definitely bolster our countries stats! 5.48 hours/week? I've done that much reading by Wednesday. ;)

Ira Kharchenko said...

I love your blog:) Have a nice weekend!

Laurie@The Baking Bookworm said...

Thanks so much, Ira! I took a look at your blog. I love all the fashion that you blog about! Not to mention your gorgeous wedding photos!

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