As the novel coronavirus continues to spread and affect the lives of people from across the world, it is still hard to return to how life was when 2020 started. Despite lockdown restrictions, the virus will impact human lives in many ways. So, how exactly will this pandemic change the way people live?
Long-Term Dependence on Technology
From talking to neighbors through Whatsapp to meeting with clients on Zoom, digital platforms have become the only way for a lot of people to work, stay connected, get entertained, and work. Having more relaxed screen time hours is something that does not seem to disappear any time soon.
The outbreak introduced employees to telecommuting and the majority of them are enjoying the experience. This type of work arrangement lets workers benefit from the more relaxed attire and grooming standards, lack of commute, as well as greater flexibility.
Teaching needs to be done online with lessons on an unusual scale, emphasizing concerns that digital poverty will lock kids out of learning. Unfortunately, a significant minority do not have ready access to their own device that they can use for schoolwork. This is true even in major economies.
Moreover, globally-connected universities like those in the United Kingdom will no longer be able to get students from countries like Mainland China that is used to sending more than 100, 000 students to the UK every year. The appetite to study far from family won’t as strong as it used to be.
Surge in Online Shopping and Home Deliveries
Surveys show that more than 50% of people who bought groceries online said the crisis made them more likely to keep doing so permanently. Also, the pandemic has instilled in a lot of consumers a good interest in buying local. Consumers want to support their favorite coffee shops, dress boutiques, or breweries. Researchers say that a lot of shoppers will continue to look to shop locally even after the crisis.
Increasing Interest in Protecting Personal Space
People are thinking about protecting their personal bubbles. They have been asked to keep at least 6 feet away from their neighbors for weeks on end now. And such social distancing guidelines may be in place for a while in the future. Consumers are likely to avoid cramped and tight spaces when venturing out. They will prefer to visit open-air shopping centers over enclosed shopping malls. Stores will limit capacities to prevent people from overcrowding their space.