It turns out people might actually be reading those books they post on Instagram. A new study has found that Millennials are reading more books (or analog eBooks as we Millennials call them) than older generations. It’s an interesting turn for the Millennial generation that is often chastised for being too self-involved and anti-literature. In a survey of more than 6,000 Americans, Pew Research Center found that 88 percent of Americans younger than 30 said they read a book in the past year compared with 79 percent of those older than 30. While the margin isn’t wildly large, it is surprising considering the poster child for anyone under 25 includes a smartphone glued to their hand. Another key finding from the study: People under 30—those who use Internet-connected technologies the most—were also more likely than older adults to say that there is “a lot of useful, important information that is not available on the internet.” So, the demographic that gets criticized for relying on the Internet most was also the most likely to acknowledge its limitations. It gets curiouser and curiouser.
Millennials may be out-reading older generations, but young American readers’ relationship with public libraries is changing, with younger readers less likely to see public libraries as essential in their communities. The study found that, overall, Americans are buying more books than they are borrowing. Because who could resist building an Instagram-worthy library on their mid-century bookshelf?