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Children Rather Surf Than Read Books

Posted: 02nd Jul, 2003 By: MarkJ
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has revealed, via their latest study, that UK children spend more time surfing the Internet than trawling the pages of a good book:

However, they do well in international literacy tests for 15-year-olds because they spend more time browsing through magazines, e-mails and websites - and enjoy it more than reading books.

Even fewer boys read for two hours a day - 2.5 per cent - although that put them slightly higher in their league table (36th). The most avid readers were the Macedonians, where 17.9 per cent of girls and 11.9 per cent of boys did.

Despite the lack of time youngsters spent reading, the UK's overall performance in the tests put it in the top 25 per cent for literacy standards. It came ninth out of 43 countries.

Source: The Independent Newspaper.
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