• #5
    "It found that while four out of five of those in big metros... claim to have read a book in the last year, a somewhat smaller number of folks in rural areas had done the same."

    That's easy. City folks lie more.
  • #23
    when you say that city folks are lying about having read a book it begs the question,'why would anybody lie about reading?' your post makes no sense.

    tell me, how many books have you read recently? when was the last time you finished a book? do you read for pleasure? do you read every day? do you read at night before you go to sleep? do you read every week? do you read once in a while? tell me, what are your reading habits. my wife and i read constantly, and so does our 11 year old. now that our 7 year old is learning to read semi-proficiently he's picking up the habit, also. for christmas and birthdays we always give books as presents... even to children. how about you? do you give or receive books for christmas or on your birthdays?
  • #37
    @dances-weebles Where do you live? City or country? If you have that much time on your hands to read, then my guess is the city. Those of us in rural areas have homes and properties to maintain and I spend a good deal of time outside, especially in the summer with taking care of the lawn and our huge vegetable garden, plus the flower beds and pool.
  • #40
    @dances-weebles Do you haff vays off making me tock? Do you need a ladder to climb up on your high horse?

    Why would someone lie about reading? To make themselves seem more cultured and intelligent.
  • #44
    @dances-weebles @Dan_Tien I know people who think reading is a waste of time and books a waste in general. I can't imagine they would lie about reading. They are proud they have better things to do.

    I have always been a reader, regardless of where I lived -- country, suburbs or city. If there weren't libraries, I hunted for book stores. With the Internet, I buy online. My son recently requested I help him build a library. So I send a books, mostly non-fiction: history, politics or business. Books I think a well informed person needs to read. He grew up with books and recently became interested again.

    I am always in the middle of a book and read 1 - 3 per week. Plus magazines and information on the Internet -- which may not count in the survey, but is part of many people's general reading habits. It seemed I was the only person on the beach not reading 50 Shades of Gray -- I did try -- 1491, a history book had my full attention.

    When living in very rural areas, I was often in the minority as a reader and had to travel to the big city to find books.
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  • #19
    Rural mostly hicks who tend to be conservatives and closed-minded, and surbanites tend to be liberal and open-minded.

    What really cut down on rural reading was the scarcity of comic books and the high price of the few still left in circulation.
  • #22
    I wonder what it is you read that makes you such a narrow-minded, partisan hack who lacks the ability to think for yourself. Maybe the New York Times? No, too many big words! LOL
  • #34
    Well, it was just the truth, which can seem a lot a of ways to a lot of people, but somewhat immune to most rural hicks. In other words, they won't get it and will see it as closed-minded.
  • #39
    Damn WMCOL. And I thought I posted some incendiary things. I gotta give you credit for speaking your mind though. The comic book slam was very original.
  • #49
    I was raised in a rural area, was brought up reading classics and being taught manners and to help those who need help if you are able to. You should not paint folks with the same brush.
    One could say that urbanites and suburbanites are consumed with their own little world, but I'm not going to go there.
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  • #16
    I am rural folk, I have a Kindle and multitudes of books in my library. I am a big fan of Half Priced Books and am in there frequently. I also work full time and am furthering my nursing career, pleasure reading has taken a bit of a backseat, but trade reading is at an all time high!
  • #31
    sadly, books... even used books, are horribly expensive where we live... and especially if they're written in english. we still manage to get them, though.
  • #33

    There is a website called . You might give them a try, I have gotten some ridiculously cheap (shipping too) books that I have loved! Fast shipping too. I found them while looking for a nurses drug guide.
  • #50
    @texas_cutie75 I know more educated idiots then I care to remember. My sister-in-law and father -in-law who throw 50 cent words around
    to make themselves feel "superior". I had a boss who was the epitome of arrogance. He wrote a book and had it published ( it probably cost him a lot of
    money )...he would leave it on the main office table, and some on other tables
    to "impress" everyone that HE had written a book. I don't think anyone bought
    a copy, but it sure did boost his already inflated ego. Reading is great and a lot
    is informative, but sometimes I want to say get off your azz and DO something.
    Rural people are probably very busy, not everyone has to be a 'scholar', some
    are happy doing actual physical labor and they probably live longer. I say get an
    education, and then get a job and get over yourself! No one cares about the number of degrees you have...unless you're a doctor.
  • #55
    @mimi57 thank you very much for denigrating my several years of study to the dustbin... and calling me an idiot because i actually worked my ass off and got my degrees... i've also driven big trucks, worked in a coal mine, done farm work until my back broke, worked as a cook and a chef, a dishwasher, a waiter, and janitor. why do you call me an 'educated idiot'?(i've heard the term before and it didn't make any more sense then, either.)

    btw... in this day and age even a farmer needs to study and should have at least a 4 year degree in animal husbandry and agricultural studies if he wants to do more than milk a cow and grow a few tomatoes for his own enjoyment and call himself 'a farmer'
  • #56
    @dances-weebles Don't take it personal Weeble...we both know they exist. I didn't say you were one. I just get
    tired of some people who go on and on about their 'education'. There comes a time when it's time to put it to
    work, we have "professional students " now. That makes no sense to me.
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  • #4
    I'm rural. I'd say there's a few reasons why there would be a reading discrepency. The lifestyle alone says we need to be a little busier than city folk. That cuts down on reading time. We are less likely to lay hands on magazines. Limited availability out here. Walk-in purchases of books are far less out here. All we really have for available new books is what the Walmart in the next town stocks and I wouldn't brag about the selection.
    I keep a rather large personal library and I know many of my friends do. I've read everything in there multiple times, some as many as twenty times. Friends make the same claim.
    I notice we don't 'swap' books often. We kinda protect our collections. And our way of ending the day involves a book with our heads propped up in bed.
    I don't really know how accurate the survey in the story above is but I think far fewer rural folks were actually consulted.
  • #10
    Your missing the real premise that surveys like this are really trying to infer. That is, them backwoods folk aren't as smart as them city people. I don't buy it either!
  • #21
    i've lived in the country, the city, and in the suburbs. i've always had time to be an avid reader... (and btw... a magazine is not a book)
  • #45
    @AlexMIA I don't think think the article implies that. In North Dakota, the owners of the big family, not corporate, farms started their day with the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the local papers. Maybe the didn't have time for books, but they were not stupid! They were successful businessmen.
  • #51
    @UnCommonBoston I know rural folks are not any dumber or smarter than other people. I'm just saying some of these think tanks sometimes try to get you to think so. In this case, with Pew it may not be the case, they are pretty straight shooters.
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  • #2
    HMM, when I lived in the city, someone mowed the grass (not much bigger than a postage stamp), cleaned the pool and took care of the outside (townhome living). Now, I live in the country, mow 2+ acres, swim in da pond (yuck) and take care of the outside. Time is not on my's in the yard!
  • #59
    Almost exactly the point I was going to make. My relatives are ranchers in NM. They work dawn till dark. Usually six and a half days a week. (More than I want to work) Other than winter, I don't think they have time to read much.
  • #82
    I live in the country...real country. But, I read a lot...I wonder what these poll takers consider "reading." Is is fiction, non-fiction, periodicals...books on the best seller lists? I do a lot of historical research and read everything from census records to land deeds....from death certificates to marriage licenses. But, the New York Times Best Seller List doesn't mean a damned thing to me...and I have not read a Time Magazine in a couple of years. I just don't think I read what city folks read, so what does the poll mean?
  • #127
    @AceLuby No...not completely. My wife probably reads more ebooks than most people rural or city. She listens to them via earphones much of the time. I got one for Christmas and will read it on the installment plan between other tasks. Like the other folks on here have said, country folks have more physical labor involved with personal duties than city folks do. I live on 15 acres of woodland and mow about 1.5 acres around my home. I have a winter garden. I hunt and fish. I do historical research on behalf of our local Historical Commission. These things are not addressed in the article. Whoever wrote it evidently had in mind to somehow make city folks out to be more learned than rural folks...I suggest that they must ommit the intercity low income folks first. Rural folks are into reading about the things that keep them abreast of these rural activities.
  • #128
    @seedtick I just found it ironic that you went into such detail about how avid of a reader you are and didn't even bother to read the article which answered most, if not all, of your questions.
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  • #79
    Well heck - I reckon iffen some folks have to work from before sunrise to after sunset to run a farm or travel miles to work , thay juss naterchly hain't got the time to be perusin' too many of the great novels , ceptin maybe the Bible at times.

    All of America doesn't work 9 to 5 in cubicles . Many are not on the Gov't.'s 'cradle to grave ' entitlement programs . It's a tougher life , with far less luxury moments. What's the big deal on reading - try checking out school level comparisons between rural & city students & see what comes up .
  • #68
    A! Book?
    Even if your lifestyle is busy you should get some time to read at least one thing. This has got to do with attitudes or culture more so than being busy. I think there's probably more anti-intellectualism in rural areas. That also makes sense considering the social bias in polls like this. Some people in suburban and urban areas may not have read a book at all but say they have based off of reading a paragraph or two here and there because it's the "socially acceptable" answer and they want to feel good about themselves. In some rural areas, not all but some you may find communities of people who revile intellectualism and so a person may have read even half of a book a couple of times but says "no" based on never actually reading a whole one because in their community "no" is the more socially acceptable answer.
  • #42
    The surveyed asked if you have read 1 book in the past year and people said no!!!??? 1 book!! If you haven't read 1 book in the past year you really need to reexamine your life. There are many books that are under 365 pages which means you can average 1 page a day and still read ONE book a year. I know people are busy, but you can't find 5 minutes in your day to read? Hell if nothing else don't these people go to the bathroom? Cut out a half an hour every day to read (maybe from TV time) and you now can read 6 300 page books.
    And don't claim you can't afford to read. Very few people do not have access to a library. I see plenty of people in mine who never seem to leave the DVD section. Most rural people surely don't avoid town completely for then a month so why not make 20 minutes a month to go find a book? Don't want to worry about returning it? Goodwill!! Seriously you can drop $10 and come out with 5-10 books.
  • #35
    Reading habits form as a child: Rural areas have an aversion to paying taxes including school taxes. The tax bases for funding schools with no industry yields little funding anyway. Hence poor schools. . There are few if any Head Start pre school available in the rural areas. . If a child comes from a lousy school and is born to parents who don't habitually read the child will never discover the joy of knowledge as a reader. Reading used one of the modes people used to relax. Kids now prefer the stimulation of shoot em up or GTA type games to sitting down with a good book.
  • #30
    Not that I am necessarily disagreeing with these findings, but it certainly isn't true of my community. Our library is Unfortunantly only open six days a week. But due to it proximity to the stop light often distrupts traffic because of patrons coming and going across from the parking lot. I see people, many of which are by appearance poor, carrying books plural. I was often there when my girls were in high school but because my family likes to read, what we don't buy for ourselves, we just borrow and pass on down the line. While my mother was alive she regularly subscribed to ten or twelve magazines every year and gave National Geo to all sons-in-laws for Xmas. I can't in good conscious subscribe (Sinful waste of resources) but I can buy anything from Cosmo to NG to Wired at the grocery store. If people weren't buying Food City wouldn't be selling. Some rural community's in Southwest Virginia must read.
  • #6
    Farmers work sixteen hour days. They can be miles from the nearest library or book store and may not be able to afford an ereader. But just in case the people don't know, the libs have found yet another way to prove they are better "informed" than the bumpkins. I'm beginning to think they protest too much.
  • #20
    um... when you talk about 'libs' are you referring to liberals? if so, are you inferring that there are no 'liberal' farmers? are you also inferring that farmers can't read after supper, rather than plopping down in front of the tv?

    it really doesn't matter how many hours a day one works... there's always time to read a book.
  • #46
    How many hours do you think successful business men work? Include the travel. People, work crazy hours in this country. Not just on farms!
  • #67
    Nearly everyone has internet nowadays. And if they don't they have cars, they can drive into town and visit the library or bookstore.
  • #158
    We folks who live in the rural areas have farms to tend, wood to cut and land to clear, and we must spend all of our free time searching and rescuing those city slickers who thinks they are the next Bar Grills (or whatever his name is) because they watched a couple "survival shows" or read of such exploits.
  • #122
    City living requires more day-to-day interface with others and businesses, the more you interface the more diversity, the more diversity the more you have to arm yourself with the methods to integrate with it. It also feeds onto itself as it becomes necessary to stay current in social trends. To a much smaller and general degree, city living carries a lot of space limitations that rural folks don't normally prioritize or even think about. I-pads and Kindles take little space and its a relatively cheap entertainment.
  • #124
    On a more abstract level, people's behavior or normally intentional: Those who move to a city, usually move there because they feel this need to change, explore and present themselves with more opportunities. Conversely, life-long rural types, intend to stay where they are, out of safety, out of necessity, or other sociological reasons. People are creatures of habit, so rural types usually resist changes of all kinds and are more inclined to nest. When you nest and stay put, you tend to only communicate with the same people over and over, their best friends being the ones they have know their whole lives. Walls are built around them for safety, but eventually they depend on those walls. The introduction to new ideas and ways of communication would signify the very change that reading and learning more cause, thus threaten the safety of their walls and all others who reside within.
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