We all know that the 5 generations—Gen Z, Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generations—have some pretty big differences.

Although some of these may be rooted in unfair stereotypes, there’s no doubt they have different life experiences and expectations for everything from marriage to employment to entertainment.

But how different are their reading habits?

A new infographic by Best By The Numbers answers this question.

They show that the 5 generations share similar reading habits—but there are also some interesting differences. It’s all a question of digging below the surface.

Here are some key facts from the infographic:

  • Gen Z has increased their reading more than any other generation since the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Millennials are reading more books than any other age group. They also go to public libraries the most.

  • Every generation prefers physical books over digital ones.

  • Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation look at bestseller lists for their books, while Gen Z find inspiration on social media.

  • The “news junkies” are Gen X; they daily read more online news than any other generation.

  • And something quirky? As French readers get older, they are more likely to read sexy books.

What does all this tell us about reading habits more generally?

If you thought younger people prefer Facebook and TikTok over reading a good book, you’d be wrong. Thankfully, reading is still a popular choice for all, even with the tech savvy younger generations.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about the reading habits of the different generations.

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