The Positive Side Effects of Social Distancing

The majority of Americans say they feel closer to their friends and family than before. 

Trevor Wheelwright
TV, Streaming, & Internet Expert
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January 27, 2022
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While we’ve been apart due to social distancing, we’ve been getting closer together and learning more in other ways. Thanks to technology like video calls and social media, Americans have found a surprise boost in developing relationships and strengthening their skills.

To get insight, we conducted a survey of 500 Americans over the age of 18 regarding the impact social distancing has had on their personal lives. Here’s what they had to say.

How we've grown closer together

If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that we can still find ways to connect and keep each other going through difficult situations. Whether chatting through video calling apps or playing games online, surveyed Americans were keen on using technology to communicate with their friends, family, and community.

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  • 54% say they feel closer to their friends and family than they did before.
  • 48% say they've learned something new about a friend or family member during social distancing.
  • 50% say they feel more pride in their community than they did before.
  • 63% of Americans celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, and other special occasions with technology, such as video calls.

Quinceañeras on Zoom, engagements on Instagram, baby announcements on Facebook, you name it, we found a way to make it happen online. Despite the circumstances, we’ve been able to strengthen our bonds with each other and strengthen ourselves.

What we've learned

With less time out on the town and more time at home, many Americans opted to develop themselves, or at least prepare themselves better for the next time there’s a lockdown. (Toilet paper, anyone?)

  • 74% say they feel more prepared to handle a similar situation in the future.
  • 53% feel more confident in their technical abilities than they did before.
  • 47% have learned a new skill or hobby during social distancing.

It might seem easy to get glued to the couch and zone out, but the majority of people in America gained newfound confidence in their abilities. And almost half of surveyed Americans picked up something new while they were cooped up in their homes.

The takeaway

It’s hard to navigate times like these, but we’re confident in the human ability to overcome any circumstance. The fact that we have this technology in the first place is a testament to our ingenuity, labor, and desire to connect.

Stay strong out there, friends. There’s always something or someone to be grateful for.

Methodology surveyed 500 Americans 18 years and older with a +/- 5% margin of error and a confidence level of 95%. The survey results were weighted to reflect characteristics of the United States population using available data from the US census.

Trevor Wheelwright
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Trevor Wheelwright
Trevor’s written about YMYL (your money, your life) topics for over six years across editorial publications and retail/eCommerce sites. His work’s been featured on Forbes, RealSimple, USA Today, MSN, BusinessInsider, Entrepreneur, PCMag, and CNN. When he’s not researching and writing, you can find him around Salt Lake City, Utah, snapping photos of mountains and architecture or seeking out some good tunes and friendly faces.

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