According to a study from Pew Research Center, most Americans feel they are lifelong learners, whether that means gathering knowledge for “do it yourself” projects, reading up on a personal interest or improving their job skills.
Other findings include:
- 73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners.
- 74% of adults are what we call – that is, they have participated in at least one of a number of possible activities in the past 12 months to advance their knowledge about something that personally interests them. These activities include reading, taking courses or attending meetings or events tied to learning more about their personal interests.
- 63% of those who are working (or 36% of all adults) are what we call – that is, they have taken a course or gotten additional training in the past 12 months to improve their job skills or expertise connected to career advancement.
Horrigan, J. B. (2016). Lifelong learning and technology. Washington, D.C.: Pew Research Center. http://assets.pewresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/03/PI_2016.03.22_Educational-Ecosystems_FINAL.pdf