Table 10: Individuals watching television, listening to radio, reading newspapers and books, in %, 2000-2014
|Year||TV (a)||Radio (a)||Newspapers (b) (c)||Books (b) (d)|
Istat, Indagine multiscopo: Aspetti della vita quotidiana.
Data refer to: (a) over 3-year olds, (b) over 6-year olds; (c) individuals reading a newspaper at least once a week; (d) individuals reading at least one book a year.
Surprisingly enough – considering the financial constraints faced by many Italian families – participation rates for cheap home-based activities like radio and TV watching are also altogether continuing to slow down, along with the more expensive going-out activities. In particular, as far as reading habits are concerned, the marked decrease in reading newspapers had been initially counterbalanced by a quite significant dynamic in book reading, with a reading index increasing from 38.6% in 2000 to a peak of nearly 47% in 2010, to fall back again to 41.4% in 2014 – a quite disappointing downward trend, considering that Italy’s reading index remains outrageously low, compared with most other European countries (Eurostat, Cultural Statistics in the EU Pocketbook 2012).