Americans are reading less fiction and more poetry. They’re also visiting museums more often, according to a new government study.
The National Endowment for the Arts published the study on Sept. 12. It showed that 41.8 percent of adult Americans read fiction in 2017. That number is down from 45.2 percent in 2012.
In the same time, poetry became more popular — though it’s still less popular than fiction. Last year, 11.7 percent of adults read poetry, up from 6.7 percent in 2012.
However, reading overall is down. The percentage of adults reading a book that wasn’t required by school or work fell to 52.7 percent in 2017, compared with 54.6 percent in 2012 and 56.6 percent in 2002.
The study also showed a reverse of yearslong declines in going to museums and performing arts events like jazz concerts, stage musicals or dance and ballet. However, attendance in most categories was still lower than in 2002. (AP)