This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Why does this generation revel in ignorance? An excellent book (which means, sadly, you'd have to read) is Mark Bauerlein's The Dumbest Generation. In it, he counters the arguments people make regarding reading. Some common ones are: - The skills previous generations put into reading have now been transferred to online material. - This generation is MORE social, given all the new venues of social media, just not in the traditional way we consider 'social' - This generation has MORE motivation with its children; again, it's just non-traditional. Bauerlein essentially says that this is garbage. While a very small percentage of kids are better read and more active than previous years (you know, the soccer parents who have all three of their kids playing five different sports AND enrolled in a book club AND they're honours students and and and...), the majority have lost both social and comprehension skills, big time. That's sad. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I can't recommend this book enough: Adler & Van Doren's How To Read A Book. No, it's not a grammar lesson or a course in how to read English. Rather they break down all genres of literature (fiction, poetry, scientific, etc) and explain how to best extract the most information you can from the text. Did you know how important a table of contents is? Did you know that you can glean enough info from a book in under half an hour to speak coherently about its content? If not, then read this book. To use some vernacular: people who don't read for pleasure are retarded.