this is what lock down is doing
Americans are doubling down on their worst habits to cope with the mental and emotional stress of the pandemic, Sara Fischer writes.
Why it matters: The pandemic will have a long-lasting impact on the health of the American people, in part due to the habits they will pick up during the weeks and months they’re not allowed to circulate normally.
What a list!
Substance abuse, a lack of physical stimulation and unhealthy diets are beginning to take a toll.
Alcohol sales were up 55% in the week ending March 21, according to Nielsen, which measures consumer markets in addition to media. Spirits were up 75%, followed by wine up 66% and beer up 42%. Online alcohol sales were up 243%.
Weed sales are soaring in places across the country where buying marijuana is legal, although some businesses have been caught flat-footed by the demand.
Porn consumption is up, according to the website Pornhub. Traffic from the U.S. (Pornhub’s largest market) was up 6.4% on March 17.
People are eating more. With consumers relying mostly on non-perishable foods, like pasta and canned food, many are concerned about gaining weight — the “COVID-15” or the “quarantine 15.”
And they’re exercising less. According to data from 68,000 fitness trackers, Americans are moving less and sleeping more under quarantine, per CNBC.
Americans are streaming more TV than ever before. More people are binge-watching — three or more episodes from a series at a time.
Gaming has also boomed. Twitch, Mixer, Caffeine and Discord, all new-age live-stream gaming platforms, posted their best revenue-generating month in March, according to Apptopia data.
The bottom line: The lockdown is unhealthy — but it is keeping us alive.
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