Survey Says… Print!
Speculations have swirled for years that the printed word is on its way out; with smart screens and interactive displays around every turn, the death of print seems imminent, right? According to a Pew Research Center survey, the most popular way to read books is still — drumroll please — print!
This is no surprise to us, of course, but the percentage of Americans reading books in print form has stayed consistent despite scientific projections. Though the study did not drop any hints as to why print has remained in the spotlight, we have a few ideas of our own:
-Books can act as status symbols; you’ll have no issue looking cool if you’re toting around one of Oprah’s book club suggestions, right?
>Helloooo conversation starter!
-Sure, it’s a little cliché, but the smell of those pages as you’re flipping through them!
-Have a wobbly table or chair? I bet you’d never level it out with a tablet or e-reader…
-You seriously don’t even have to read any of them, but a shelf full of books in your otherwise shabby apartment just oozes sophistication and intelligence.
-As a last resort, a book is a great way to avoid eye contact with strangers on public transportation.
So there you have it, our not-so-scientific guesses as to why print is, and shall remain supreme. What keeps you coming back to the proverbial pen and paper? Let us know!