Almost half of adults around the world say it has been easier than they thought to adapt to the changes they have had to make over the course of time. coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report.
Forty-seven percent said it had been “easier” than they imagined to adapt and turned to various coping mechanisms to make it happen. Nearly 70% of adults say they are “overwhelmed” by the various changes that have occurred during the pandemic, according to Ford Look further with the Ford Trends report.
“It was surprising how resilient people are, but I think it just depends on human nature,” Ford chief futurist Sheryl Connelly told FOX Business. “People adapted because there was a community doing that with them.”
Not only did the data underscore the resilience of people around the world, but it also indicated that some changes are likely to last even after the pandemic is over.
As anxiety rises around the world over “fears of contracting COVID-19 and concerns about the impact of the pandemic on communities, jobs, education,” about four in five adults have admitted that they should take better care of their emotional well-being, according to the report.
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All over the world, people take this time to escape from the confines of their homes and use their vehicles to do so. More than one in four adults worldwide use their vehicles for relaxation, while one in five adults use their vehicle as a way to have some privacy, according to the data. About 17% of respondents use it as a workplace.
The pandemic has also prompted more adults to focus on companionship and reshape “their sense of family.” Data has shown that one in two people report feeling lonely on a regular basis. To cope with this loneliness, adults are reconsidering where they live, getting closer to their families and finding new ways to be accompanied online and offline, according to the report.
The pandemic has also changed the way people travel – bicycle and car sales have skyrocketed, according to the report. Cities even make more room on the streets for cyclists to travel. Smart city planning is paving the way for “fully implemented autonomous driving,” with 67% of adults worldwide saying they are “optimistic about the future of autonomous vehicles,” according to the Ford report.
However, once the pandemic ended, 41% of people said their shopping habits would be somewhat different, Connelly said. Most adults (75%) said they appreciated how businesses have improved the shopping experience since the start of the pandemic.
As people around the world turn to plastics and other disposables during the pandemic, sustainability has also become a concern.
Forty-six percent of Gen Z worldwide, who are currently between the ages of 8 and 23, say the pandemic has made us more wasteful. About 47% believe the pandemic will have a negative impact on the environment in the long term.
Ford’s data was based on 13,005 online interviews with people 18 or older in 14 countries, conducted between October 27 and November 12, 2020, with The Harris Poll.