Individuals ‘nonetheless travelling much less and exercising greater than earlier than Covid’

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eople are nonetheless travelling much less and exercising greater than they did earlier than the pandemic, regardless of the scrapping of most Covid-19 restrictions earlier this 12 months, new evaluation suggests.

Working habits seem to have undergone a everlasting change – although the period of time spent sleeping and resting has returned to pre-pandemic ranges.

The way in which folks use their time has been studied since 2014/15 by the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics (ONS), with the most recent figures capturing behaviour in March 2022, when nearly all of the UK’s coronavirus guidelines had been lifted.

Adults spent a mean of 52 minutes a day in March this 12 months travelling, resembling driving or strolling, to locations, the stats present.

That is up from 32 minutes in March 2021, when many Covid-19 restrictions have been nonetheless in place, however effectively under the determine of 84 minutes in 2014/15.

Adults devoted a mean of 25 minutes a day to conserving slot in March 2022 – down from half-hour a 12 months earlier however longer than 19 minutes in 2014/15.

The period of time adults mentioned they spent sleeping and resting every day jumped by almost half an hour in the beginning of the pandemic, from eight hours and 53 minutes to 9 hours and 18 minutes.

It’s fascinating to see that a number of the pandemic-related behaviour adjustments we noticed final March, resembling working from house or hybrid working, stay

However by March 2022, this had fallen again to eight hours and 51 minutes.

Modifications in work patterns have held regular, nonetheless.

Individuals in paid employment labored from house 79 minutes extra per day in March 2022 than in 2014/15, in contrast with 88 minutes extra in March 2021.

Gueorguie Vassilev of the ONS mentioned: “It’s fascinating to see that a number of the pandemic-related behaviour adjustments we noticed final March, resembling working from house or hybrid working, stay.

“Others have modified with the lifting of restrictions, resembling travelling, though maybe due to adjustments in working behaviours, we’re travelling lower than in 2014/15.”

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Extra ONS figures protecting adjustments in behaviour because the pandemic started recommend folks have scaled again the period of time dedicated to sure leisure actions.

Adults spent a mean of 137 minutes a day watching TV, blu-rays or DVDs within the early weeks of lockdown in spring 2020.

This had fallen barely to 130 minutes by March 2021, however had dropped to 106 minutes by March 2022.

Time spent doing gardening or DIY has fallen sharply from 39 minutes a day in March 2020 to twenty minutes this 12 months.

A median of 27 minutes a day was dedicated to studying books, magazines or newspapers in the beginning of the pandemic – however by March 2022 it had dropped to 17 minutes.


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