Australians would rather watch TV, play sport, than read books

13 October 2022

Australians would rather watch TV, spend time on the internet, or play sport, exercise, or go outside, ahead of reading a book, according to data from the 2021 census.

Most Australians enjoyed an average of four hours and twenty-three minutes of recreation and leisure activities daily (are we not the lucky country), and of that time twenty-two percent of people spent nearly ninety minutes reading.

Ninety minutes reading a day isn’t too bad though. Someone reading for just ten minutes a day could read about twelve average size novels in a year. Ninety minutes daily adds up to a lot more books.