In a new survey by Ipsos MORI, 6 in 10 Britons say they are finding it harder to stay in touch with their friends and family now than before the coronavirus outbreak, up from 42% when asked in July 2020.
A majority of people are also struggling to keep themselves entertained in comparison to pre-Covid days, 54% say they are finding this more difficult now. This has also seen an increase, in July last year only 42% said they were finding it harder to stay amused.
Half of Britons say they are finding staying fit and healthy harder compared with before the Coronavirus outbreak, up from 40% who said the same in July last year.
Looking after children remains difficult for parents and carers, with 44% finding this harder than before the outbreak. Almost half of workers (45%) say being able to work is harder now than before the pandemic, up from 39% when asked in July.
However, getting what they need from the shops is not as hard as it was at the beginning of the pandemic, when over three-quarters (77%) said it was more difficult to get their items in April 2020, now only 43% agree. Half say it is the same as it was before the coronavirus outbreak.
This winter lockdown appears to have had an impact on the ways in which people are passing the time. Compared with previous lockdowns, people say they are more likely to have increased the amount of time they’re spending watching TV (37%), on social media (31%) and baking/ cooking (24%) than decreased the time they spend on these activities. On the other hand, time spent going on walks and exercising is more likely to have decreased, 26% have gone on fewer walks this lockdown while 27% are exercising less.