Several reasons have been offered for the dimished interest in reading. Probably all are right.
As I follow the comments, a 1987 book keeps coming to mind. It was given to me as a gift in 1988, so it wouldn't hurt me to reread.
Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind
has sold a million copies in the USA, and nearly the same internationally. It was number one NYT for a couple of months and remained a best seller well over a year.
I started to insert about half of page 64, but thought about copyright. So, here is just a sample:
Kramer vs. Kramer may be up-to-date about divorces and sex roles, but anyone who does not have Anna Karenina or The Red and the Black as part of his viewing equipment cannot sense what might be lacking, or....Thus, the failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency...
I think he is right. The work is not just
about reading. However, the failure to read good
books is symptomatic of much bigger and more serious issues..