Survey: Out with books, in with porn

Drugs, dropping out of the labor force, the inability to get married, the unwillingness to start a family — many of the pathologies of the working class and middle-aged in America are visible and large. They are public problems.

Some of the most concerning maladies, though, may be the small, private ones.

Of men with no college education, less than 1 out of 6 people report having read a book for pleasure in the past week, according to the American Perspectives Survey from the Survey Center on American Life. For comparison, 50% of college-educated women report having read for pleasure in the past week.

What are men doing instead? Well, 44% of men report having watched pornography within the past month. Among those between 30 and 50 years old, 57% have watched in the past month, and 42% have watched in the past week.