One in Five Plan to Read More in 2022

Reading is a hobby that is enjoyed by most Brits, according to a recent survey by Lenstore 92% enjoy or love reading. 

The pandemic which gave people more free time meant that Brits started picking up books again, with one in four (26%) increasing the time they spent reading in this period. London was the reading capital in lockdown as nearly a third (32%) of Londoners increased the amount they read.

Will Brits continue to read in 2022…?

Millennials are most eager to read more in 2022

Most of brits enjoy reading, so it is no surprise that one in five plan to read more in the new year. However, it is the Millennials that are the most eager with a quarter of them planning to pick up more books in 2022.

According to the survey, 15% of millennials plan to set themselves a reading target for the year ahead. This won’t be the case for the 7% of millennials who said they don’t enjoy reading.

Bristol could potential be the reading capital of the UK with one in four stating they want to read more in 2022, the opposite could be said for Manchester and Nottingham with just 12% saying they plan to read more in the new year.

Over a million of people struggle to read due to poor eyesight

A staggering 1.6 million of Brits struggle to read due to having poor eyesight. This can leave people struggling to read a book or straining to pick their meal of choice at a restaurant. 

The muscle surrounding the lens of your eye becoming more rigid can be a common problem for focussing on objects up close, this is known as ‘presbyopia’. This can get the worse the older you get, with muscles becoming more rigid with age.

If you are struggling with reading or finding yourself reading slower than you used to, it is worth booking an eye test to see if there as some glasses or contact lenses that can improve your eyesight.

When do Brits read?

The most common place for brits to read is on holiday, with a third of Brits stating they enjoy reading when soaking in the sun. Brits also enjoy reading before bed, with over 40% of those aged 65 and above read before they go to bed. It is no surprise this figure is lower for those aged 25-34 with only a quarter reading before bed, often opting to watch TV instead of picking up a book.

The findings also showed that women are more likely to read on holiday and before bed than men. Women prefer to read magazines, but it was men that read more in lockdown and plan to read more in 2022.

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.