According to an analysis on Reading, media and cultural interests among the Italians over the last ten years commissioned by the ministry of fine arts and culture from the research institute, Eurisko, Italian women read more books than Italian men. Young people read hardly any books at all, with the average age of regular readers rising to over 34 years, while the number of books read in a year has shrunk from 5.5 to 5.1 over the last twelve months.