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(Mental Floss)   Graph showing which countries read the most. America: TL;DR   ( mentalfloss.com) divider line
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2014-03-04 01:42:09 PM  
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"You know I've noticed a certain anti-intellectualism going around this country ever since around 1980, coincidentally enough. I was in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend and after the show I went to a waffle house and I'm sitting there and I'm eating and reading a book. I don't know anybody, I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book. This waitress comes over to me (mocks chewing gum) 'what you readin' for?'...wow, I've never been asked that; not 'What am I reading', 'What am I reading  for?' Well, goddamnit, you stumped me...I guess I read for a lot of reasons - the main one is so I don't end up being a farkin' waffle waitress. Yeah, that would be pretty high on the list. Then this trucker in the booth next to me gets up, stands over me and says  [mocks Southern drawl] 'Well, looks like we got ourselves a readah'...aahh, what the fark's goin' on? It's like I walked into a Klan rally in a Boy George costume or something. Am I stepping out of some intellectual closet here? I read, there I said it. I feel better." ~ Bill Hicks
2014-03-04 01:50:09 PM  
3 votes:
How do we know that the countries at the top of the list aren't full of slow readers?
2014-03-04 01:56:46 PM  
2 votes:
I had to go to Lexington, Ky (we have a house in Versailles) for a wedding. My young son at the time was getting crabby so I took him from the after party and went into a fast food place on our way to the hotel. The teenagers behind the counter were discussing how math/geometry (I am assuming nothing further) never did anything for them. As we left, the kid looked at me and asked "mom wants us to move here?" "Yes", "please fight her and let me get an education".
2014-03-04 01:51:29 PM  
2 votes:

almandot: I'm a bit surprised about the UK and Japan being at the bottom. Is that really accurate?

Depends how they classify 'reading'

Does it exclude reading articles on the internet? on a tablet? then UK and Japan would be low, and china and india would be high (which is what is happening). The article, or the buried source link, doesn't define 'reading'.
2014-03-04 01:42:52 PM  
2 votes:
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2014-03-04 01:38:40 PM  
2 votes:
Anyone else notice how the reading level corresponds with growing economic power?
2014-03-04 05:32:55 PM  
1 vote:

DubtodaIll: meat0918: DubtodaIll: macadamnut: DubtodaIll: Gravity's Rainbow, The Stranger, and 100 Years of Solitude.

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Don't try to turn this thread about illiterates into your own literature hipster litterbox.

If there's something I've never been it's a hipster.

That's exactly what a hipster would say

Yeesh, there's a Catch-22 for you.

I was a hipster before it was cool.
2014-03-04 03:25:41 PM  
1 vote:
You may or may not be racist but you're definitely a very prejudice person.

I know maybe a dozen foreigners from various different countries and I can say w/o a doubt that every single one of them knows how to speak and read in their own native language. I don't see how or why Vietnam would be any different.

Put down the keyboard Ho Chi, it was an anecdote. You'll find that  people have personal stories that they often use in discussions as a way of moving the conversation forward by introducing new information.
2014-03-04 03:23:46 PM  
1 vote:
How much of that time was reading the Bible/Koran/Assorted Other Diety-Based Literature?
2014-03-04 02:51:24 PM  
1 vote:
List looks suspect. I believe in many countries they're measuring "hours spent reading per literate person" not "hours spent reading per person." Or perhaps only literate people in each country responded to the invitation to participate in the study.

Adding the literacy % (from the CIA World Factbook) for the countries who top the Mental Floss list:

1. India - 10 hours, 42 minutes (62.8% literate)
2. Thailand - 9:24 (93.5%)
3. China - 8:00 (95.1%)
4. Philippines - 7:36 (95.4%)
5. Egypt - 7:30 (73.9%)
6. Czech Republic - 7:24 (99%)
7. Russia - 7:06 (99.7%)
8. Sweden - 6:54 (99%)
8. France - 6:54 (99%)
10. Hungary - 6:48 (99%)
10. Saudi Arabia - 6:48 (87.2%)
12. Hong Kong - 6:42 (93.5%)
20. Canada - 5:48 (99%)
22. Germany - 5:42 (99%)
22. USA - 5:42 (99%)

In order for India to read 10 hours 42 minutes on average, each literate person would have to average 17 hours (642 minutes/.628). Possible, yes, but considering how much of an outlier that would make India, I suspect a more reasonable explanation would be that there was a fair amount of non-reporting bias, especially in countries with high amounts if illiteracy.
2014-03-04 02:32:21 PM  
1 vote:
Given that India is at the top of the list I think its fair to say that there is little-to-no correlation between hours spent reading and quality of life.
2014-03-04 02:14:44 PM  
1 vote:
It would be just as interesting to see what they were reading. I would suspect that most of the top readers were mostly reading religious texts.
2014-03-04 02:14:03 PM  
1 vote:
Wutchu reading for?

/Oh look, we got ourselves a reader here
2014-03-04 02:12:55 PM  
1 vote:
Hours reading per week per person

Isn't it possible these people are just really inefficient readers?  I mean, my wife probably reads 10 hours a week but it can take her a month to finish a book.
2014-03-04 02:04:16 PM  
1 vote:

Smeggy Smurf: I'd read more but the cats won't leave me alone in the shiatter

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2014-03-04 01:54:42 PM  
1 vote:
It's because TV sucks in those other countries.
2014-03-04 01:54:22 PM  
1 vote:
I am personally trying to bump the average up for Canada....reading Finnegan's Wake right now.... as well as some Tom Robbins.....usually have several books on the go....why yes, I am a geek with no TV!

/should be a weekly book thread here on the fark's .....maybe discuss something you like or recommend something you think we would enjoy....kind of like the old music tab threads where I did get introduced to music I would have otherwise never heard...
2014-03-04 01:50:29 PM  
1 vote:

almandot: I'm a bit surprised about the UK and Japan being at the bottom. Is that really accurate?

I, four won, iz not reely beleeving theeses statstix.
2014-03-04 01:49:34 PM  
1 vote:
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This is what happens when you have an entire generation raised on online games and phone txt messages.  Anything over two sentences is, literally, tl;dr.
2014-03-04 01:47:49 PM  
1 vote:
yes, i believe that nations where most people don't attend school past 5th grade (india, rural china, etc) read more gooder than western nations.
2014-03-04 01:40:37 PM  
1 vote:
Teenager: I read
Adult: What do you read?
Teenager: Twitter
2014-03-04 01:40:17 PM  
1 vote:
WTF? Read? What for...I have a TV.
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