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Girls Dig Digital Media

A new study published by the National Literacy Trust has found that girls are more likely than boys to engage in digital literacy such as Facebook, email and text messaging, while boys prefer traditional print media like comics and newspapers, as reported by The Guardian.

According to the study, more girls than boys said they enjoyed reading "very much" by 30 percent to 19 percent, with 62 percent of girls enjoying reading either very much or quite a lot compared with 47 percent of boys, among ages ranging from eight to 18. Nearly twice as many boys as girls said they do not enjoy reading at all, by 13 percent to 7 percent.

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The findings were based on responses from 32,000 pupils at more then 130 schools in the United Kingdom. Girls outpaced boys in their willingness to read outside of school at all age levels, with black girls in particular being the most voracious readers.

White boys were found to be the least enthusiastic readers, with nearly one in six saying they had not read a book of any type in the previous month, while only one out of 20 black girls said the same.

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"Too many boys still seem disinterested in reading, and far, far too many children simply never become readers at all," said author Michael Morpurgo. "So we writers and illustrators and storytellers, and parents and teachers, and publishers and booksellers, must continue to play our part."

Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, said that "more must be done to help parents realize what a difference reading with their children from a young age can make to their future."

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