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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Who Reads More – Men or Women?

At least in Great Britain, a woman is much more likely to finish a book than a man, according to a survey reported in The Telegraph ("Women More Avid Readers Than Men," March 24, 2009). Apparently 50 percent of women are “page turners,” who complete a book, compared to only 26 percent of men. A survey of 2,000 people found that infrequent readers who took a long time to read a book and only read one or two a year were twice as likely to be men than women. Men also apparently are more likely to have books on their shelves that haven’t been read.

Men and women were similar in only one characteristic. Those who are able to read more than one book at a time. Twelve percent of both men and women have that talent.

Perhaps these statistics aren’t surprising. But the more interesting question is why the gender differences. Got any thoughts?

Save This Date . . .

Perspectives Series, April 16, 7:30 p.m. Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center.
“Today’s News: Who’s Up, Who’s Down and What’s Really Going On”

Eugene Robinson,Washington Post Syndicated Columnist and MSNBC Political Analyst

Registration is not required; tickets will be distributed beginning at 7:00 p.m. on April 16; limit of four tickets per person, first come, first served. For more information call 703-324-8428.

Robinson is one of the most prominent print journalists and commentators in the country, writing a twice-weekly column that runs in 145 newspapers nationwide. His articles explore the intersection of current events, politics and culture. Sharing his 25 years of experience, Robinson has contributed political commentary to such TV news shows as “Hardball With Chris Matthews,” “Countdown,” and “Meet the Press.”

The Perspectives series is cosponsored by the Fairfax County Library Foundation, the McLean Community Center and the library’s Center for the Book.

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