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