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02 March 2021

Cultural consumption in the UK during the Covid-19 lockdown

5 June 2020

The Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) has completed its six-week study (9 April to 20 May 2020) of cultural consumption in the UK during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 and the lockdown has changed the way in which we experience cultural content. Monitoring the nature and impacts of these disruptions has been critically important to understand the impact that the crisis is having on the Creative Industries including publishing.

The main focus of the survey was on five content categories: Music, Film, TV, Video Games and E-publishing. The greatest amount of time each day was spent watching TV.

In the final week's report of the E-publishing category, books had the highest and most consistent engagement in terms of median time - 2 hours - spent each day. Audiobooks started slightly behind in week 1, but then also reached 2 hours for each of the remaining weeks. Magazines saw a slight decline as the weeks progressed, going from 1 hour per day to 40 minutes in weeks 5 and 6.

You can read about the study and download the weekly reports on the PEC website.

In the coming weeks PEC will be producing a fuller report with new analysis and data looking across the whole study.