I'm glad I still have enough time in my day to check the "Most E-Mailed" news items on Yahoo! After all, I need to give my psyche a good old-fashioned emotional workout. How else would I know that according to a recent poll, one in four Americans read ZERO books last year. And it hurts even more if you read the article, assuming you can read:
The survey reveals a nation whose book readers, on the whole, can hardly be called ravenous. The typical person claimed to have read four books in the last year — half read more and half read fewer. Excluding those who hadn't read any, the usual number read was seven.
"I just get sleepy when I read," said Richard Bustos of Dallas, a habit with which millions of Americans can doubtless identify. Bustos, a 34-year-old project manager for a telecommunications company, said he had not read any books in the last year and would rather spend time in his backyard pool.
Emphasis, sadly, is mine.
But have no fear, one quick glance down the list of "Most E-mailed" gets you this great headline: