A few years ago, Ian McEwan, a British narrator, carried out an unscientific experiment. While walking in London Park, McEwan along with his son was handing out free hardcovers. According to the results, most of the takers were women while men were suspicious about taking books. Later, in The Guardian, the author wrote that if women stopped reading, the fiction would die. Undoubtedly, he hyperbolized, but the females read more books than the males do.
Unfortunately, according to numerous surveys, Americans of both genders read not so many books than they did in the past. More specifically, a typical American read four hardcovers last year, while there is a person in four adults that reads no books. Concerning gender and reading, annually, a typical woman reads nine books in comparison to five read by men. However, it is known that the females prefer fiction, paying no attention to history and biography.
Although men account for the positions of writers and critics, predominantly, their modest readers are women. According to Phyllis’ literary blog, she has read approximately 150 hardcovers while her husband has read just nothing, except for picture and comic books read to their children. According to the owners of the bookstores, there are more women than men customers. Furthermore, the females go towards the fiction section while the males prefer non-fiction.
Mostly, the reasons to read a book are based on the empathy, more expressed by the women. Since the females tend to have a wider emotional range, fiction absorbs their attention. This theory is grounded on “mirror neurons,” situated behind the eyebrows. They are responsible for initiating actions similar to those we watch. Neuroscientists consider them as the key to empathy. According to some studies, women have more “mirror neurons.” For this reason, they show preferences to fiction, which requires feeling into the characters.
Although studies proved that women read more, there is a distinct exception within the fiction gap. With accordance to American Publisher, Scholastic, The Harry Potter series is more readable among boys. Furthermore, 61% of them claimed that they had not read books for pleasure before reading a story about a renowned magician. Apart from gender reading differences, there is an age gap. Unfortunately, young people do not read as much as the elderly do.
So, what will happen to the world when the new generation that is not interested in books will grow up?