The pandemic has transformed the way consumers are spending money, crippling key industries that usually help the economy churn. But with isolation ending in the near future, will consumer spending go back to normal?
A survey conducted this week by TruePublic, asked surveyors aged 16-35 about how they would spend their money after isolation ends. Some of the results include:
36% won’t attend a movie theatre until a vaccine is available or long after it is available
51% won’t attend large events like Coachella or Comic-Con until a vaccine is available. 38% won’t attend until long after a vaccine is out.
45% won’t attend a sporting event until there is a vaccine available or long after its available.
33% say they shop online more now, and will continue to shop online more even after a vaccine is available
TruePublic is a mobile opinion platform that has the pulse of Young America.
Some complain about joggers panting on passers-by. Others wonder what to do when they overhear drunken partygoers rejecting quarantine measures. Still more question whether people they see in the street are really on “essential” business.
Local social media networks, long places for recipe swaps and restaurant tips, are rapidly becoming sites where neighbors police neighbors during the global coronavirus pandemic.
And as users test the line between civic duty and intrusive surveillance — often trying to shame their peers into obeying social distancing rules — experts worry that a practice once frowned upon is becoming normalized.
“It distresses me greatly to see a few uncaring louts who scoff at the safety rules that are meant for all of us to get through this awful situation,” said one user on a listserv for a wealthy suburb of the capital Washington, which has seen a slew of complaints about people ignoring distancing guidelines.
“I have a suggestion – if you see such behaviors as mentioned above – why not take photos/videos of the offenders? This could discourage their dangerous behaviors,” said another.