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New research reveals that reading is top hobby for teenage girls

18 March 2019

New information revealed by The Insights People at the London Book Fair shows that reading is the most popular hobby amongst teenage girls. Girls aged 13-18 have named reading as their favourite hobby, followed by swimming, listening to music, and dancing.

Watching TV was ranked in 15th place, while watching videos on YouTube was relegated to 21st place, using the internet at 22nd, and using a phone or smartphone at 28th. Kids Insights data also shows that overall 43% of teenage girls read paperbacks for fun.

At a time when there is great anxiety about levels of reading amongst children, it is very encouraging to know that teenage girls, at least, still find reading such an absorbing activity. Although there has been concern recently about drops in sales of YA fiction, these figures suggest that the underlying trend of teenage girls' reading is unchanged, or possibly improved.