Australian teen literary habits revealed by new Deakin University research

Deakin University surveyed high school students to understand reading habits and preferences among teenagers, with the goal of increasing teen readership.
A teenage girl reads a book, sitting on the floor against bookshelves. Teen literary habits.

Deakin University has researched Australian teenagers’ reading habits and preferences and published the findings in a report entitled ‘Discovering a Good Read: Exploring Book Discovery and Reading for Pleasure Among Australian Teens’. Surveying 13,217 high school students, the report found that almost one in three teenagers do not read in their spare time. Of the teenagers that do read, 15% read daily.

‘Our research sought to understand the reading habits of secondary students, so we could find ways to better foster a love of reading in young people. Teens today have more distractions than ever than to sit down with a good book,’ says Associate Professor Leonie Rutherford, from Deakin School of Communication and Creative Arts, who was the chief investigator of the ‘Discovering a Good Read’ project team.

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