However, they do well in international literacy tests for 15-year-olds because they spend more time browsing
through magazines, e-mails and websites - and enjoy it more than reading books.
An international study of test results for 43 different countries by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development revealed only four countries in the world had a lower percentage of girls reading for two hours
a day or more. The UK figure was 3.5 per cent.