Many of us assume that Americans spend more time watching TV than reading, and here are some graphics that show the numbers within various age groups.
These charts show what percent of the population is engaged in the stated activity at that particular time.
Older people read more. Fewer than 2% of 18-24 year-olds are reading for pleasure at any hour of the day.
However, young people are presumably doing more school-related reading.
Americans of all ages watch a lot of TV.
The source is the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey (2012). More charts on other activities can be seen at Chris Walker’s website.