Sunday, October 3, 2010

Dumbing Down The Masses

My buddy JD always says "they're dumbing down the operation".  James Quinn on just shared these statistics:

-33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
-42% of college graduates never read another book after college.
-80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
-70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
-57% of new books are not read to completion.
-There are over 17,000 radio stations and over 2,000 TV stations in America today.
-Each day in the U.S., people spend on average 4.7 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines.
-The projected average number of hours an individual (12 and older) will spend watching television this year is 1,750.
-In a 65-year life, the average person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube.
-Number of 30-second TV commercials seen in a year by an average child – 20,000
-Number of videos rented daily in the U.S. – 6 million
-Number of public library items checked out daily – 3 million
-Percentage of Americans who can name The Three Stooges – 59%
-Percentage who can name at least three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court – 17%

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