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'In digital age, youngsters still avid book readers'

Washington: Despite digital technology invading youngsters' life, US millennials are reading more books than the older generation, said a latest survey by Washington-based think tank Pew Research Centre.

"Eighty-eight percent of Americans under 30 years read a book in the past year, compared with 79 percent of those aged 30 and older. Adults of 65 and over were the age group least likely to have read a book in the past year," the findings revealed.

The survey analysed the reading habits of over 6,000 Americans of age 16 and over.

The report found that despite their embrace of technology, 62 percent of US millennials said there was a lot of useful, important information that is not available on the internet.

Over 43 percent of millennials said they read on a daily basis compared to 40 percent of older adults.

The Pew report titled "Younger Americans and Public Libraries" found that a 52 percent of the youngsters said they purchased, rather than borrowed books.

The survey also found that 50 percent of younger Americans used a library compared with 47 percent of older Americans.

But youngsters were less bothered by the possibility of libraries closing down, Guardian reported.

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