Posted on August 2, 2021 at 11:44 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

If you found yourself reading more last year, you’re not alone.

The US Department of Labor’s American Time Use survey, which covers May-December 2020, came out last week.

And it found that Americans ages fifteen an older spent 21 percent more time reading in that period, compared with May-December 2019 — from a little under 17 minutes daily to a bit over 20 minutes daily.

Of that group, the largest increases were seen in the 20- to 34-year-old crowd and those over 65. 

Publishers Weekly also notes that when breaking trends down by race, Black Americans saw the largest increase in reading time: 140 percent more than the prior year.

The full American Time Use Survey contains data on many, many other activities, if the PW summary of its reading trends merely whets your appetite.

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