Well, at least for me.
Ever since I was a boy I used to read a lot, comics, short stories and then ever larger novels and book series. I still have a big box of paper back novels, several hundred "keepers" which I thought I would re-read one day.
Except it's been 5 years or more since reading any book, and 20 years since doing so with any frequency.
Computer gaming is a large reason for the decline, I never was much of a TV watcher so reading was my primary entertainment.
While playing single player computer games since 1988, I still found time to read a lot, as they were pretty easy to set aside for other activities.
Online MMORPGS for me started in 2002, and here is when my reading dropped way down. I now found my self furiously logging in every night to "keep up" with others, so the only time I read books was at lunch or in the loo, so the number dropped way off.
Enter the Smart phone and that pretty much brought all book reading to a halt as I spend my lunches walking and posting on forums rather than sitting by the pond and reading. (Is OK, they closed off access to the pond due to EPA restrictions.
Anyone feel either of these two factors impacted the amount of time spent reading, particularly longer books and novels?
Oh, single people need not apply, we know you have all sorts of free time to devote on entertainment.
For we married with children types carving out a few free hours a day for ourselves often meant forgoing something non essential, like sleep in my case, you'd be surprised on how little you can live on with proper "training."
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