On how COVID-19 changed the way we relate to each other. On March 11, 2020, concerned about the alarming levels of spread of the disease and its severity, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that COVID-19 should be characterized as a pandemic. Three days later, on March 14, a state of alarm was decreed in Spain and, overnight, we found ourselves confined. Us, and half the world. It was a turning point in many ways: now, we buy more with cards than with cash; more online; and more casual clothing than business. In 2020 we consume more cinema at home –Netflix increased its share by 10 percentage points– and food at home –85,000 bars closed, 27% of the total in 2019, and Glovo, Just Eat and Uber Eats doubled the number of associates–.
But how has our way of relating to each other changed? If we analyze the time we spend on the Internet each day, we can draw few conclusions: the global index has barely changed in the last five years – some 20 minutes more until reaching 6 hours and 58 minutes. Focusing on the use of social networks –2 hours and 25 minutes, minutes up, down– does not say much either. But, if we look from another perspective, everything changes: between 2016 and 2019 an invariable 54% of the total population in Western Europe used the RR. H.H.; in 2020, the figure increased 25 percentage points at once; and, last year, five more. 84% of the population of this region –87.1% in Spain–, according to the latest We Are Social report.
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We spend about 2.5 hours on this type of service per day –1 hour and 53 minutes in Spain– and we handle an average of 7.5 apps. And it may seem that we have become the protagonists and control our relationships, but social platforms are reprogramming our construction of reality. We should see them as another entertainment, as a tool and not as a substitute. Detoxifying ourselves a bit and reducing digital stimuli in order to control our anxiety would improve our ability to concentrate, we would be more productive and, for sure, we would enjoy our social life more. You know, comments by email or Twitter.
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