In this article, I will explore the decline of reading and how it is not as bad in these states.
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Even before COVID-19, reading comprehension abilities were deteriorating. Experts now claim that the epidemic has merely exacerbated the situation for youngsters throughout the nation. Apart from the obvious repercussions of almost two years of homeschooling, one of the reasons children are less interested in books and reading is because their parents are equally uninterested.
Things are worse in certain states than in others.
Typing.com, an online typing coach, conducted a new research that looked at markers of reader decrease and calculated a score for each state based on the number of libraries per people.
According to their findings, Vermont is in first place while Florida is in bottom place.
Experts looked at a variety of indicators to determine which state had the highest “Reading Interest Score,” including the number of libraries and library visits per capita, Google search volumes for Kindles, and the number of retailers.
Per state, the following criteria were assessed and rated on a ten-point scale:
- The number of libraries in each state in relation to the population.
- According to the most recent released statistics, library visits per capita are at an all-time high.
- Google search trends for the term “Kindle” by state over the last five years.
- Per capita, the number of bookshops.
The sum of the scores for each state equaled the “Reading Interest Score” each state, indicating which states had the most passion for reading.
What the Data Told Us
With a Reading Interest Score of 37.24, Vermont came out on top. With 164 libraries, the state has the greatest library availability, with one library per 3,819 inhabitants. Residents make the second-highest number of yearly library visits in the US, with 5.89 trips per capita, but searches for “Kindle” are also higher in the state.
The state has four bookshops per 100,000 inhabitants, which is the second-highest rate in the country.
“It’s intriguing to see how things like library availability and the amount of bookshops differ around the nation, and how this might effect people’s interest in books and reading more broadly,” a Typing.com spokesman said of the research. The states at the top of the ranking all have strong library access and take use of it by visiting them on a frequent basis.”
With a score of 30.68, Wyoming came in second in the rankings. This state has the greatest bookshop per capita ratio, with five bookstores for every 100,000 residents. Kindle searches are somewhat greater than the national average, with 5.41 trips per capita to physical libraries. There are 76 public libraries in the state, equating to one every 7,602, placing it in the top 10 states in terms of library availability.
Maine is ranked third with a Reading Interest Score of 29.18. It is in the top 10 states in terms of library visits per capita, at 5.44. There are 232 libraries in the state, with one for every 5,769 residents. There are over three bookshops per 100,000 inhabitants, which is more than the national average of 2.1.
With a score of 28.75, New Hampshire is in fourth place. Residents of the state visit the library five times a year, and there is one library for every 6,002 people. Every hundred thousand people in the state have access to three bookshops.
With a “Reading Interest Score” of 27.76, Iowa is ranked sixth. It ranks among the states with the most library visits per capita. There is one library for every 5,646 people, which is much better than the national average of one library for every 18,340 people.
Florida came in last place in the list, with a Reading Interest Score of 15.79. It was placed worst in terms of library accessibility, with 40,130 persons per library and just three library visits per person each year. The Sunshine State has less than two bookshops per hundred thousand inhabitants, and searches for “Kindle” are lower than the national average.
This story was first published on Wealth of Geeks.
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