The Washington Post
April 29, 2015
How much of their leisure time do teenagers devote to reading? Not much. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teens read for pleasure, on average, just six minutes each day. Why? Curiously, attitudes towards reading drops not only for the reading that students do at school, but also for reading they do at home. Why would attitudes toward leisure reading drop? One possibility is that students don’t differentiate among different types of reading. They perceive that the reading they are required to do for school feels like work, not a leisure activity. And that feeling changes their attitude towards leisure reading. If students do not make a distinction between reading for pleasure and reading that is not optional, that must be completed, and that usually has other assignments associated with it, why not make this distinction clear to them?