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One out of 10 people don’t own a single book

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A new study has revealed a worrisome trend: One in 10 people do not own a single book.

New research suggests we are now obsessed with handheld devices that the average home has more than eight linked to the internet.

Nearly half of all households which have children (45 per cent) admitted that they typically text each other, even when they’re all at home.

The study, carried out by insurance company Aviva, will reveal that a staggering 6.5 million people in the UK do not own a book.

The research, published two years ago to coincide with World Book Day, revealed that the average homeowner had 158 books inside their property.

And it seems the younger generation are less bothered about owning literature, as the figure for those who do not have any books rises to one in five people aged between 18 and 24.

Reports also revealed that the latest data highlights how the typical UK households owns an average of 8.2 electronic devices.

This rises to 10.9 for homes with children and for those aged between 25 and 34, the figure peaked to 11.2 items — including smartphones, laptops and tablets.

The new data comes after a report by the National Literacy Trust, based on a survey of 18,000 youngsters, revealed a third – 3.8 million – do not have books of their own.

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