Reading is our favourite pastime during Covid-19 lockdown as 30% of us have finished a book for fun during pandemic… and a fifth have started learning a new subject
- Three in ten adults said they read a book for fun during the lockdowns last year
- 61 per cent of the 2,000 British adults said they had taken up a creative interest
- Reading was the top hobby followed by 28% who enjoyed trying out new recipes
Confined to our homes, it would be easy to fill our spare time by gorging on TV or scrolling through our phones.
But it seems we’re craving comfort or escapism in books rather than technology.
Research suggests reading is the most popular lockdown pastime.
Three in ten adults said they had read a book for fun during the lockdowns last year.
Overall, 61 per cent of the 2,000 British adults surveyed for the Open University said they had taken up or rekindled a creative interest.
Reading for pleasure was the top hobby followed by 28 per cent who enjoyed looking through cookbooks and trying out new recipes.
Research by the Open University suggests reading is the most popular lockdown pastime. Three in ten adults said they had read a book for fun during the lockdowns last year
A fifth said they completed DIY tasks in their spare time.
And 19 per cent of those polled by research agency Walnut Unlimited said they had started learning a new subject, with history the most popular choice.
As National Storytelling Week began this weekend, Dr Sally O’Reilly, of the Open University, said: ‘Immersing ourselves in a good book has been a really valuable way to relax and forget about the pressures brought on by the pandemic, especially in colder months when our time outdoors is restricted.
‘Human beings are pattern-seeking animals, and in telling stories we are finding patterns in events.
Reading for pleasure was the top hobby followed by 28 per cent who enjoyed looking through cookbooks and trying out new recipes
‘Lockdown has shown how vital narrative is to us, whether in the form of a physical book, an audio book or a box set on TV.
‘At work too, narrative is important to us, in that it helps us to understand an issue if we think of it in terms of cause and effect.
‘Narratives are particular and specific, and we often remember stories more easily than abstract ideas.
‘If you want to communicate with an audience, tell them a story.’
The polling was commissioned as part of the wider Understanding The Nation survey by Walnut Unlimited.
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