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Estonian adolescents’ reading habits using the example of media

Author(s): Helin Puksand
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Eesti Rakenduslingvistika Ühing (ERÜ)
Keywords: native language pedagogy; literacy; reading literacy; reading habits; media; multimedia; Estonian

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this survey was to study adolescents’ leisure time activities and their reading habits outside school. A questionnaire was used to canvass 914 Estonian adolescents between the ages 15–18 concerning their reading habits. The survey indicated that reading habit was in 6th place amongst adolescents’ leisure time activities and even in 3rd place amongst girls. Adolescents use the computer quite extensively: half of them use the computer 2 to 4 hours a day. However, many of the computer activities they engaged in include reading: they use text messaging, read the news, read texts that interest them or that are assigned in school. Furthermore, boys like playing computer games. The most-read texts in the computer are MSN, news, information about hobbies, e-mails, information about school, newspapers and magazines, forums and communication sites. When enumerating websites adolescents read the most, communication sites took first place. Moreover, adolescents read lots of newspapers and magazines; girls, however, read more of these kinds of texts.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 179-195
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Estonian