Last week was 3 months since the Quarantine was enacted in Brazilian cities. In a short time, most people had their routines crossed and started to comply with another rule: that of staying at home to ease the contagion of Covid-19. With online classes, work or internships at home, bars and clubs closed and outings regulated the routine, which was previously known, was turned upside down. Then the big question arose: what to do with so much free time?
For many, the answer to this dilemma had been on the shelf for some time now, a little dusty and forgotten. The books. The reading it became part of people’s daily lives. Of course, for recreation or as leisure, after all, graduation, cram school or school have their reading requirements.
Was resuming reading a consequence of the quarantine?
It is unfair to say that reading was not an action taken before social isolation, the freest time people had to do so was on public transport commuting from home to college, from college to work or coming home at the end of the day. However, it was not exactly the most comfortable place for such an activity, besides offering a series of distractions that hindered the progress of reading.
The extremely busy routine was also a major obstacle in people’s lives. How to fit reading in a day that has college, internship, extracurricular activity, delivery of work, exam, travel time and still balance a healthy diet and regular exercise? Very challenging and, obviously, things that are not of first necessity are left for later.
In addition to all this, tiredness was another stone in the way. Excessive chores left people exhausted, so it was much easier to get home and sit down to watch a series or movie than to read a book that required attention and concentration.
So, much of it was suspended. Of course, a hole appeared in everyday life and many used these opportunities to return to the world of books. The beginning of EAD (distance learning) and the home office made people spend much more time in front of computers, so the books emerged as an escape from the world of screens and the tiredness that it brings with it.
In addition, the situation that the country has been in since March is also somewhat complicated, so people started to dive into fictional stories in order to get away for a few moments from reality itself. In many cases, a breakout for minutes is essential to keeping your sanity in order.
Obviously, not everyone was able to increase or sustain their reading frequency. Living a pandemic in social isolation was an emotional trigger for many people, who ended up feeling much more anxious and discouraged during this time. These feelings also interfere with the reading process, because the anxiety that anxiety gives you gets in the way of focus and concentration.
However, in general, reading, both physical books and digital books, returned to have more space in people’s lives. It is important to remember that leisure activities are essential for moments like this, whatever they may be. The resumption of habits can be a first step towards other changes.