How have the various confinements and the rise of digital technology changed the habits of young people?

How have the various confinements and the rise of digital

On March 17, 2020, faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, France comes to a standstill, a torpor that lasts far too long for many French people. This economic context has contributed to modifying certain usual behaviors: remote working, consumption habits, change of diet… And among young people, what have been the consequences?

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A pivotal period in life, youth is synonymous with construction, socialization outside the family framework, integration into working life while still combining it with a few moments of recklessness. These stages experienced during the months of confinement required having to adapt and therefore to change habits in favor of new attitudes.

What impacts have periods of confinement had on the working lives of young adults?

Aware of the consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on society and in particular on young adults, Unedic (an organization which ” implements the unemployment insurance rules negotiated by the social partners ”) Carried out a study to better understand the impact of the crisis on the labor market. Young people, new to the labor market, are the most likely to express a desire to retrain, upset by the economic consequences of health crisis (49%, or 12 points more compared to all French people).

But there are also start-ups which, despite this sclerosing situation, have recruited from a distance via in particular online videoconferencing tools and have created new positions, like Sokeo, web development agency in Marseille, SEO specialist on the web. Teleworking has become a habit and it is no longer taboo to resort to it, its benefits being appreciable for both parties, employee and employer. Internet accessibility for homeworkers has therefore proven to be essential for businesses to thrive despite the crisis.

How has the daily life and health of young adults changed?

The confinement has not only had an impact on the mental health of young people. While some young people have experienced confinement with the feeling of being locked up, the precariousness and difficulties associated with employment or narrow family life, others have taken the opportunity to change their daily lives. Deprived of sport in a club or in a gym, it is in their living room that they settled down to compensate for this lack, sometimes opting for the use of digital and sports sessions live delivered by a horde of influencers.

But the difficulties that young people have encountered are starting to be listed. And one of them concerns their physical health and their diet. In addition to sports at home, a sedentary lifestyle has also given rise to new eating habits. According to an Ifop study, while 57% of French people suffered from unwanted weight gain due to snacking and lack of activity, 60% of 18-34 year olds surveyed were interested in homemade dishes, using the Internet as a support between tutorials and applications. The importance of meal management has surfaced and to better control your diet, taking dietary supplements for weight loss or to boost its immune system has been a solution sometimes adopted in addition to a healthy lifestyle.

Containment has also changed communication and digital consumption habits with the increased use of multi-screen surfing, group video calls or watching films and videos in streaming, solutions still used post-containment!

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