- Americans ages 15-24 spend two hours of their day watching TV and seven minutes on leisure reading.
- Reading scores for adults of all educational levels are in decline.
- American fifteen-year-olds rank fifteenth in average reading scores for 31 countries, trailing (among others) Poland and Korea.
But -- seven minutes a day spent reading. I know that, as a full-time writer, I have the luxury to indulge several hours of reading a day, every day. But even when I was working at a "real job," writing on the side, teaching a class, and raising two kids, I read. And as a kid I read everything I could find, including the backs of ketchup bottles and the confession magazines my mother hid in the linen closet. Seven minutes.
Can all you aspiring writers out there perfect the seven-minute story?