teachingliteracy:

nprbooks:

Have you ever wondered how many people actually read? Or see movies? Or go dancing? Or do woodwork in their spare time?

Well, the National Endowment for the Arts has some answers for you. Last week they released the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, and while the name is dull, there’s some fascinating stuff in there. 

58 percent of people, if you’re wondering, read a book in the last year. 59 percent saw a  movie. Almost a third went dancing, and more people did woodwork, leatherwork or metalwork than did any form of creative writing.

The stats on literary reading are a little depressing — the rate at which people read novels is dropping, and the poetry statistics are so awful I can’t bring myself to repeat them.

But there aren’t any stats at all on how many people read three books at once, a la Darren Criss. NEA: Get on it.

(gif via ohsoyou’realibrarian)

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