Group 193

Impact of Covid on human relationships

Repeated lockdown measures and limitations, coupled with the obligation to “do almost everything” at home, have greatly influenced all types of human relationships during the last months.  According to Focus Bari in cooperation with Vivid Vibes National Survey among 1623 adults 16+ nationally, conducted on January 26-28, 2021:

  • The average degree of satisfaction with each type of relationships is found at rather “average to quite good levels”, with family and friendships scoring slightly above 7/10, while professional, social and love relationships score quite lower.
  • Of course, different types of relationships are of higher or lower importance depending on the age/life stage/marital status of respondents
  • Overall, two out of three Greeks report that at least one type of their relationships has gotten worse during the pandemic (64%), while…
  • Slightly over half state that at least one type of their relationships has improved because of the pandemic conditions (53%)!
  • The big “winner” is family relationships, which are reported improved by over one out of three Greeks, while only 13% claim the opposite, and…
  • The big “loser” is—naturally—social relationships, which have got worse for 40% of Greeks, while professional and love, are also negatively affected.
  • Those who report improved relationships, do so because of more quality time together, better communication, more empathy and mutual support, as well as the opportunity to “sort out older, long existing misunderstandings.
  • On the other hand, the reasons for relationships that have gotten worse are lack of contacts, limited communication, remoteness and lack of common activities, but also frictions & tensions, obviously caused by too much time together in the restricted home area.

You can find the study’s whole presentation here

Impact of social media during the pandemic

The latest wave of 2020 Focus on Tech Life National Survey by Focus Bari, finds the internet penetration among Greeks 16-74 years at 92%!  Virtually all Greeks are internet users, and pandemic conditions have accelerated Greeks digital interactivity in all daily life aspects: news, entertainment, communication, socialization, work and shopping!

Consequently, seven in ten Greeks state they increased the time (and energy) spent on social media and networks during the repeated waves of lockdown, currently extending to more than ten months altogether.  Facebook has reached a penetration of 75%, while Youtube and Instagram amount to 62% and 55% respectively. 

However, increased time and interaction with social media is not always positive.  As found in Focus Bari latest national survey:

  • Two out of three Greeks love social media because they keep them in contact with friends, society and the “outside world”, and…
  • Two out of five use social media to promote their work or offer their professional services
  • Three out of five declare that they devote more time to social media than they really want to, they get carried away, and they neglect other activities such as reading, other hobbies, etc., while…
  • Two out of five admit that every day they say to themselves they will not spend so much time on social media, but they don’t manage it!
  • Finally, about one out of three social media users confess that sometimes, social media content makes them feel lonely—despite the “connection” they offer, with some posts even making them feel depressed, and…
  • Especially posts with photos of great times before the pandemic makes them feel sad

You can find the whole presentation of Focus Bari Latest Social Media Survey here

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