- Grade-schoolers (6-12 years old) were the group with the highest poetry reading intensity. All of them read more than 5 poems during the last year. Since they learned some poems at school, all of them got poems from textbooks. They obtained it from the internet (76%) magazines and newspapers (60%). In terms of interest, a majority (72%) liked reading poetry. because it helped them build vocabulary, it was cool to read aloud and helped them develop pronunciation. The other 28% said they disliked poetry because it necessitated them to read many times to get the meaning.
- Teens (13-17 years old) were ranked second in terms of poetry reading intensity. All members of this group read more than 3 poems last year. In addition to textbooks, the sources from which they obtained poetry were the internet (68%) and magazines and newspapers (40%). However, 58% of them read poetry because it was one of the topics they studied. For them, similar to the young adults' group, poetry was boring and not fast-paced. Quite interestingly, among the 42% who read poetry based on self-interest said they read poems because of their beautiful expressions (They are cool; beautiful and effective expressions; and suit my needs to express my feelings). Some other said poetry enabled them to see something from different angles.
- Young adults (18-24 years old) had a much higher interest in poetry. More than half (58%) read poetry last year, among whom 32% read one poem and the other 68% read two or more poems. They got the poems from the internet (81%) and books and magazines (19%). The reason why many members of this group read poetry was that most of them were university students, and many of them had a course assignment related to poetry. A bit different from the older group, 16% of young adults like. The other 84% disliked poetry because it is boring, weird, difficult to understand, and not fast-paced—unlike YouTube videos or blog posts, poetry takes time to understand.
- Among the adults (25-40 years old}, almost one-fifth (16%) read poetry last year, among whom 62% read one poem and the other 38% read two or more poems. Most of them (48%) obtained the poems from books and magazines and the rests 56% from the internet. All young adults read poetry when they were at school, and 44% ever read poems in social gatherings, Christmas festivals, and at works. Quite similar to the senior adults, this group (91%) disliked poetry because it wastes time, boring, and not related to daily life.
- Among the senior adults (more than 40 years old), only 8% read poetry last year. Among those who read poetry, 74% read 1 poem, and the other 26% read two or more poems. Most participants (64%) obtained the poems from books and magazines and the rests 36% of the internet. The whole senior adults read poetry when they were at school, and 25% ever read poems in social gatherings, Christmas festivals, and at works (because they are teachers). The majority of this group (96%) disliked poetry because it is boring, hard to understand and has no practical use to daily life.
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