Computers are ‘wrecking children’s reading skills as they abandon library books’

Sophie Borland
Daily Mail

Book borrowing from libraries has fallen as computer use has increased

Computer games are harming children’s reading,  researchers warned last night.

They found that the reading ability of nine and ten-year-olds has slumped in countries where households have at least one computer.

The team from Gothenburg University in Sweden compared the reading skills of pupils aged nine and ten in Sweden, the U.S., Italy and Hungary.

They found that since 1991 average reading ability had fallen in the U.S. and Sweden, but had increased in Italy and Hungary, where people are less likely to have computers at home.

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