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Coronavirus and reading habits in the U.S. 2020, by ethnicity

Recent data revealed that 32 percent of white adults who responded to a survey held in the United States in March 2020 were more likely to read books as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, compared to 31 percent of African American respondents. Hispanics were the most likely to read more books to keep themselves entertained whilst self-isolating, with 36 percent saying that they were more inclined to read books, three percent higher than all adults in total.

Share of adults reading books more due to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States as of March 2020, by ethnicity

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 24 to 26, 2020

Number of respondents

2,200 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Question: Due to social distancing and self-quarantining practices, are you doing any of the following more or less? Reading a book

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