Coronavirus has millions of people around the country trapped in their homes. While we’re all stuck inside, we’ve been gaming, watching TV, and surfing the net. The increase has been pretty dramatic. Time spent gaming has increased by 75%, according to Verizon.
That week-on-week increase isn’t true for everything, though. For some reason, people aren’t using social media any more than they already were.
Either people don’t really enjoy social media, or we’ve reached a point of such saturation where it’s just not possible to use it any more than we already have been.
It seems likely that gaming is a more attractive activity during coronavirus lockdown than social media. That’s because gaming is a great hobby that people want to enjoy more. But, it’s also because social media is filled with reminders of the deadly contagion sweeping the populace.
Essentially, gaming is escapism, while social media attempts to represent reality. It’s obviously a slightly-skewed version of reality. But, it’s still ‘reality’ none-the-less.
Another unsurprising element is the massive increase in the use of VPN’s. How else are people going to be getting those free PornHub Premium accounts from Italy?
There aren’t many silver linings to coronavirus. Millions of people are trapped in their homes. Many are fearing for their family and health. If there is a benefit, it’s that people have more time to spend at home with their loved ones. And, of course, they have more time to spend gaming.
It seems like people just aren’t that interested in social media right now. It’s hard to blame them. When the world outside is falling apart, why would you want to feed it directly into your brain?