Reading Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Read Faster, Reading Stats
Research Date: July 14th, 2014

Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning (reading comprehension). It is a means of language acquisition, of communication, and of sharing information and ideas. Like all language, it is a complex interaction between the text and the reader which is shaped by the reader’s prior knowledge, experiences, attitude, and language community which is culturally and socially situated. The reading process requires continuous practice, development, and refinement. In addition, reading requires creativity and critical analysis. Consumers of literature make ventures with each piece, innately deviating from literal words to create images that make sense to them in the unfamiliar places the texts describe. Because reading is such a complex process, it cannot be controlled or restricted to one or two interpretations.

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Reading Statistics
Total percent of U.S. population that has specific reading disorders15%
Total percentage of american adults who can’t understand the labels on their prescriptions46%
Total percent of young people who claim they read more than 10 books a year56%
Total percentage of U.S. adults who are unable to read an 8th grade level book50%
Total amount of words read annually by a person who reads 15 minutes a day1 million
Total percent of U.S. high school graduates who will never read a book after high school33%
Total percentage of college students who will never read another book after they graduate42%
Total percentage of U.S. families who did not buy a book this year80%
Total percentage of adults that have not been in a book store in the past 5 years70%
Total percentage of books started that aren’t read to completion57%
Total percent of U.S. students that are dyslexic15%
Total percentage of NASA employees that are dyslexic50%
Total number of U.S. inmates that are literate15%

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