Pat Wilson, VP of Orlando Magic was on Fox News this morning talking about his personal campaign to get Americans reading. In his interview he cited these statistics that I find unbelievable:
– Only 5% of Americans ever even enter a bookstore
– The average American male will never read another book again after leaving high school
– 59% of American homes do not contain even one book (he said, “not even a cookbook or a Bible”)
That last one really puzzles me. I realize that with literally hundreds of books scattered around my home (I lost count at 550+) that I may be at the extreme end (and I’ve got several friends that read at a much quicker pace and may double that number if they went to counting), but come on! How does that even work?! And most men never read a book in adulthood??? No wonder so many women think that men are ignorant. Guys, we can do better than that.