Young adults opt for phones over holiday books

It is a case of text on the beach as the younger generation are no longer taking books on holiday but are instead lounging by the pool with their smartphones, a study has found.

Young adults opt for phones over holiday books

Three-quarters of Britons aged 18-25 take their mobile phone to the poolside or beach, compared with just over a quarter (26%) who plan on reading a book, according to a survey of 1,500 young people.

The research, part of Samsung Galaxy S6 edge’s Summer Speed Reads initiative, also found that one in 10 young adults has never read a novel.

Following these findings, 25 of the most popular beach novels have been condensed into 140 characters by an academic for the Twitter generation.

John Sutherland, professor of modern English literature at University College London, has taken summer holiday favourites such as Fifty Shades Of Grey and The Da Vinci Code, and shortened them into tweet-sized summaries.

For example, Fifty Shades Of Grey by EL James reads as ‘Shy meek Ana meets V rich control freak + BDSM dom: Christian Grey. Mild erotica + Xtreme wealth in feminism-free zone’ in 140 characters.

The research found that the average 18 to 25-year-old checks their phone 14 times a day on holiday.

The research found that 24% believe books take too long to read, and 26% believe books are too heavy or take up packing space.

Prof Sutherland said the study provides us with “a fascinating overview of how social media has affected young people’s ability to concentrate, even in the most relaxing of environments such as a holiday resort”.

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