Americans are excessively eating, drinking, smoking pot, playing video games, and watching porn while quarantined, I wrote back in April 2020.
At the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, there was a heated debate about what people should be doing. Some said that this was a time for self-care and just focusing on making it through one day at a time. Others ascribed to the “hustle porn” mentality, saying you should get up early, workout, learn a new language, and read 10 books a day.
After conducting research into the activities of the self-quarantined to determine if they were diligently working hard at home or engaged in extracurricular activities. The results were that Americans drank heavily, smoked copious amounts of weed, played video games, ate lots of junk food and watched television, Netflix and porn more than ever before.
A study from the Nielsen Corporation, a nearly 100-year-old marketing research and ratings firm, revealed, “Alcohol sales were up 55% in the week ending March 21.” It found that the amount of spirits sold—such as tequila, gin and pre-mixed cocktails—skyrocketed 75% compared to March of 2019. Wine sales rose 66%, beer sales popped 42% and online alcohol sales grew by an astounding 243% from last year at this time.
Marijuana sales were high in a number of states where it’s legal. For instance, Illinois marijuana dispensaries—which were allowed to stay open—sold almost $36 million worth of legal weed in March. The Los Angeles Times reported, “Amid coronavirus siege, California cannabis sales soared.”
Polls and Trends Commentary: In my previous office job, some staffers worked from home 1-2 days per week and their production always seemed to pale in comparison to those who were physically in the office.
Was it just a coincidence they were much harder to reach during the day than employees in the office?
And Fridays were the worst. If you needed something done, it almost always had to wait until Monday. Being (physically) in the office seemed to force employees to be more productive and accountable.
Working from home on a regular basis is not for everyone.