Students May Be Reading Plenty, but Not for Class

Those who worry about the reading habits of today’s college students can take heart: They may be reading more than is commonly thought.

However, more than 40 percent of the time they spend reading is on social media, and that reading often happens during class, a new study reveals.

“We need to be aware of students’ reading habits because they have changed,” said SuHua Huang, author of “Reading Habits of College Students in the United States,” which was presented on Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

“As professors,” she said, “we have to update our teaching methods and integrate technology and use social media in the lecture.”

The idea for the study arose because Ms. Huang, an assistant professor of reading education at Midwestern State University, in Texas, perceived that her students did not care much for reading. She wanted to see if those attitudes could be borne out empirically. <Read more.>

Via Dan Berrett, The Chronicle of Higher Ed.