What constitutes reading?

I was shocked to read this in Education Week’s Digital Education blog, sharing findings from a survey conducted by Scholastic:

Students and parents also differ on their views of what constitutes reading. For instance, a quarter of kids surveyed considered texting with friends reading versus 8 percent of adults, and 28 percent of kids considered spending time looking at comments and profiles on social-networking websites like Facebook reading versus 15 percent of parents.

Texting and perusing profiles on Facebook is thought of as reading by teens?! 

And, how about this equally disconcerting finding from the survey:

“…39 percent of students ages 9-17 agreed with the statement ‘The information I find online is always correct.’”

Oh my.  Think it is time for web/information literacy to be integrated throughout the curriculum?  I do.

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