How reading habits have changed during the COVID-19 lockdown
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a spontaneous change in all parts of our daily lives. Many people isolated themselves in their homes. They could not go to movies, theaters, and friends due to the prevention of infections.
Reading literature, however, remained one of the cultural events that was available even after the libraries were closed. How did this situation affect reading habits around the world? How do people read and relate to literature during the pandemic?
People usually find comfort in certain books, and reading habits and genre preferences may change during periods of stress.
This helps to explain why a lot of fantasy books have their roots in times of significant social, political, or economic disturbances.
People have used reading literature as a tool to support human mental health for many years. Readers can use the literary narrative to express their own feelings and experiences. They are encouraged to explore possible, imaginary scenarios that are related to their own problems, following the characters through the storytelling. Literature can also give an individual reader a sense of connection with other readers and the characters in the book.
No matter what, the pandemic had different effects on people: some people were less able to concentrate on reading, while others, on the contrary, were immersed into long readings to spend time in quarantine, or isolate themselves from the cruelty of the world.
What about you? How did the pandemic influence your reading habits? Have you started reading more or less?
Share your experience in the comments.