Tampa English Tutor Asks Does More Time Online Mean We are Less Literate?

Posted on 31st December 2009 in Tampa English Tutor

Yesterday I tutored a new student in English and American history at the Barnes and Noble in Carrollwood.

One of the assignments he and I worked on was summarizing an article about a NEA study showing a decline in reading. Although the data was old, it showed that the reading of novels, non-fiction books, and poetry declined for most age groups of Americans between 1984 and 2000.

Children using the Internet at the Berlin Art Museum photo


http://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/ / CC BY 2.0


We talked some about why fewer Americans are reading. He suggested that people were spending more time online.

Are we becoming less literate, or have we just moved our reading online?

Without a doubt, Americans are spending more time online.

A recent study by Harris Interactive reveals that adult Americans are spending an average of 13 hours per week online. (Hat tip to Jeff Sexton on Twitter for the link to this Tech Crunch article on increasing Internet use.)

What do you think?

Eric Anderson is an English and history tutor. He works with students from grades 6-12 and adults. He tutors in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Carrollwood, and the surrounding communities. Contact Eric at 813.787.8959.

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