GO Group finds 30% drop in number of people reading at airports

GO Group, LLC, a ground transportation provider, has announced results of a survey that found 53% of travelers engaged in reading while at the airport, down from 83% in 2009, the company said.

Grabbing a bite to eat ranked number two with almost 45% citing it as a preferred activity, roughly the same percentage as in the previous survey. Also, comparative was time spent browsing on the Internet at 37%.

Thirteen percent said they spent time on social media, which was not listed as an option in 2009. Fifteen percent said they watched the airport TV and 19% watch entertainment on their mobile devices and listen to music.

Shopping and drinking both came in at about 15% while just 10% said they spend their time working. Less than 10% responded they peruse airport art displays and exhibits, sleep or taking advantage of spa amenities.

About four percent said they did nothing.

Write-in responses include people watching, pacing the floor and complaining.

The GO Group, LLC offers shared rides, private vehicles, limos, charters plus tours and other attractions, serving some 90 airports in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Australia and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.