Kids more likely to own a cell than a book

The Telegraph is reporting:

Almost nine-in-10 pupils now have a mobile compared with fewer than three-quarters who have their own books in the home, it was disclosed.

The study by the National Literacy Trust suggested a link between regular access to books outside school and high test scores.

According to figures, some 80 per cent of children with better than expected reading skills had their own books, compared with just 58 per cent who were below the level expected for their age group.

The disclosure follows the publication of a study found that found keeping just 20 books in the home could boost children’s chances of doing well at school.

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I don't see why this is worth commenting on. The difference between the 2 figures is not that large. Heck, now that I sit back and think about it, I don't even see why this is news. A cell phone is a utility item, to some degree. You can't really compare it to books.

I'd like to a similar comparison between video games and books; that could tell me something.

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