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More silly stereotyping of millennials. Every generation has been looked at by some as being "lazy" and having "no attention span.

According to the latest Pew Research Center survey on book reading, 18- to 29-year-olds are the age group most likely to have read a book in any format over the past year. Fully 80% have done so, compared to 73% of 30- to 49-year-olds, 70% of 50- to 64-year-olds, and 67% of the 65+. When asked why they read books or any written content in general (such as magazines or blogs), Millennials are far more likely than older adults to say it's for a specific purpose, such as work, school, or research. But they're also equally likely to read "for pleasure" or "to keep up with current events."

These findings are echoed by a recent report from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). The study examined the narrower category of "literature," or novels, plays, short stories, or poems not required by work or school. Last year, 43% of 18- to 34-year-olds read literature, outmatched only by 65- to 74-year-olds (at 49%) -- early-wave Boomers well known for their high level of educational attainment and penchant for high culture. An older NEA report found that the share of 18- to 24-year-olds who read literature rose sharply starting in 2002 -- in other words, when this age group began to be dominated by Millennials.


"Kids nowadays spend all their time on their phones and never read anymore." - Old person posting on their smartphone, hasn't read a book in years

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