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Average reading time in the U.S. 2018-2019, by age group

The average daily time spent reading by individuals in the United States in 2019 amounted to 0.27 hours, or 16.2 minutes. Adults over the age of 65 were the most avid readers, and those aged 75 or above spent almost 44 minutes reading each day. Meanwhile, adults between the ages of 20 and 24 years read for just six minutes per day on average.

Average daily time spent reading per capita in the United States in 2018 and 2019, by age group

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Release date

June 2020


United States

Survey time period

2018 and 2019

Age group

15 years and older

Supplementary notes

Data for 2018 comes from previous reports.

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