What did the pandemic ruin more than we realise?

  1. My sense of purpose or meaning. I haven’t felt this nihilistic since I was a “brooding teenage girl.” 20 years later and now it’s actually more of an existential hell. (This is in relation to actual virus + politics + societal response.) People are just mean. Most people have careers and work at companies that if either disappeared tomorrow, the only suffering would be from the employees without salaries anymore.

  2. This one resonates with me the most. I’m a completely different person than I was in 2019. Idk if better or worse but my overall outlook is darker. I’m still struggling to give a shit? If that makes sense.

  3. This might just be local, but where I live, a SHIT ton of businesses closed. I mean, half of them were closed. Not just because of the shutdown, they were closed permanantly.

  4. I think the pandemic was the nail in the coffin for A LOT of businesses that were already on the edge of just making it, and others have continued to struggle because well things are just more expensive. I've noticed I no longer go to sit down restaurants because my grocery bills are so expensive. Why go spend $40-$50 dollars for one meal when it costs $150-$200 every two weeks for groceries? It just doesn't make sense anymore for a lot of people.

  5. The frustrating thing for me is that I am just old enough to remember back in the late nineties/early 2000's hospitals were laying off nurses in mass. It seemed incredibly shortsighted at the time, and no one today is acknowledging how it's finally come around to bite us.

  6. Not just nurses, paramedics got hit hard. At one point my paramedic friend told me 70% of their EMTs were on mental health leave at once...

  7. This is one of the scariest things. I work in a hospital’s quality department and we have seen a lot of issues due to having new staff that lack situational awareness. We’ve lost years of critical institutional knowledge.

  8. This has really left a void in my life. I used to go to house shows a lot as well and those are all gone unless it's a college band. I'm hoping it will slowly recover.

  9. This. My small college town had a thriving DIY/house show scene before and right up until the pandemic but it’s completely dead now.

  10. I have worked in insurance claims for years and years, I don’t talk to people anymore just manage repair shops. But whenever I am checking the facts of loss, for the past 3 years, things are just batshit. There are hundreds more single car accidents every year in my area than there were before the pandemic. So I’m not sure if people are drinking more or if it’s a mental health thing or what. But before the pandemic it was all rear ends from commutes. Now it’s people driving full speed into their garage walls and guard rails.

  11. I think it's because people are much angrier now. The pandemic fucked so many people, so many businesses closed, more people seem to be hard on cash and job opportunities. I think the real sign of how things are going can be gauged by how people are driving - the drivers feel angrier and dangerous. 3 years ago I used to cruise from a to b; now, getting from a to b is stress inducing hell.

  12. Since there aren't many round abouts in the US, I take one like 10x a week and at least once a week I'm SO close to getting t-boned. Like I am not supposed to stop, I think we're all supposed to at least understand that part of the round about!

  13. People seem so much shittier in large group public situations now. I don't know what it is, but etiquette in places like a movie theater use to be standard, but every experience I've had lately has been horrible. People talking, sitting there on their phones, and other just generally bad things.

  14. Dude people treat movie theaters like their living rooms now, it's absurd. And it's all ages too - I understand really young kids, but the parents don't even bother to control them. Last movie I saw, adults were having full on conversations the entire time. It's rude as hell, people have completely lost their manners. When I saw Halloween, a family came in - I shit you not - with a noisy baby in a stroller. Every 20 minutes, the mom was walking back and forth in the front aisle with the baby in her arms.

  15. I was at a show just last week and this dude got falling down drunk but still a whole bunch of us reached out to help him so I haven't seen the pits change here (thankfully). I did see one instance of rude and entitled play out at the beginning of the summer but a lot of the older concert goers stepped up to set that straight and didn't allow that one shitty couple to run rampant and ruin the night for the other younger generations in the crowd; it truly was a good coming together moment of people standing together to make the event pleasant for everyone and give the young ones an example of how not to act in a large group. I only hope that the spirit of concert culture will bleed back through where you are because it is one of the only things left these days that gives me hope that people still have the ability to get along and enjoy mutual interests in large numbers.

  16. Yes to the movie thing! I was at the movies a couple months ago and some guy came in late, sat in the row in front of me and pulled out his laptop out of his backpack and was just reading his emails. Like you seriously paid $15 or whatever to play on your computer?! And then he left about 20 minutes later, didn’t even look at the cinema screen once.

  17. Young people's desire to go into healthcare. We won't realize it for a generation or so, but healthcare in America was already chronically understaffed. The pandemic burning out medical professionals and discouraging young people from going into healthcare is going to have a negative effect on the quality of healthcare, not only in the United States, but other hard-hit countries, too.

  18. Combine that with the long term health effects of covid along with an ever more obese and chronically ill population, and yeah it looks pretty fucking bad

  19. When you have the government throttle supply for decades with quotas and what amounts to a cartel system for getting into the profession and then have a massive pandemic it's not a surprise.

  20. Everything about fast food restaurants is now totally unpredictable. It’s impossible to know if a particular location will let you dine in, and it’s also impossible to know when they’ll even be open. Schedules are wildly inconsistent now. I drove past a Burger King in a well-populated area near me that closes at 4 PM during the week and isn’t open at all on Sundays. So strange

  21. White castle too. The days of getting a sack of murder burgers or tacos at 2 or 3 in the morning are over...very sad. Even the bars are closing at 12 midnight

  22. I honestly don't think the majority of Americans especially truly understand just how fucked the healthcare system is and is going to be.

  23. Had a friend just leave medicine. She was an Infectious Disease Doctor and during the pandemic she was worked to the bone. This compiled with having to bend to the will of insurance companies (time with patients, arguing with insurance providers on treatment for patients, and endless data entry), she had enough. Luckily her husband can support them both, but it's crazy that an ID Doc during a pandemic would have to put up with so much and not see a single raise in pay or real acknowledgement of her and her colleagues sacrifice through the whole damn thing.

  24. It's insane my social anxiety from isolation for two years and practically no contact with friends or even peers in the physical world, has crippled my mental state. I feel like I cant even have conversations with people or even just be precieved. I'm getting better with time but my God it feels like I'm stuck this way perminately

  25. Food prices just keep going up. We're buying less than ever, and more generic/less premium version of everything, and yet we're paying easily twice as much as our far more luxurious and full cart of groceries we were getting in 2010.

  26. My brain still thinks that 2019 was last year. I don't know if you've watched The Good Place, but it's like we've been stuck in the dot above the i in Jeremy Bearimy.

  27. I've seen big changes in my perception of time. Sometimes I am missing chunks of time ......Hours Days go by so fast. I can't help but feel like I'm behind and that I need to hurry up. Timeline shift? Other talk about it but I never find much info when I look into n. Same for a few other things, I've noticed.

  28. Just went into the night shift recently and realized this. No food. No errands. There's the gyms and your home and that's your life

  29. This is a really good point. I work second shift so I stay up pretty late. Pre-pandemic I could go grocery shopping, run a few errands, grab some food somewhere at night but almost everywhere closes down by 9pm now. Even fast food joints are rarely 24 hours anymore

  30. Feels like it’s a more ‘to each their own’ sense of living. People don’t appear to be as connected as before the pandemic.

  31. The pandemic brought me much, much closer to my wife and son. It also made me incredibly jaded, cynical and much less trusting of everyone outside of these walls.

  32. "essential" versus "non essential" employees, better known as those who HAD to show up physically in person, and those allowed to stay home. Biggest division in the workplace. Mentally it will never be the same in the workplace.

  33. and how quickly we went from "essential workers" and "heroes" back to "burger flippers" as soon as it was time to switch out of pandemic relief mode

  34. YES. I am so glad that people had the ability to work from home and still meet their financial needs. I’m so glad that those resources were available. AND, there is no nostalgia for quarantine for the essential workers. It’s hard to hear others talk about how they “kept themselves busy” or took up a new hobby when I can only remember being so overwhelmed and stressed.

  35. Being told how important you are, yet being treated like slaves. We were told we'd get hazard pay, and we did, but it was only $1 extra per hour. That's a slap in the face. That's corporate saying, "the risk of you getting covid is worth a dollar to us."

  36. Physical and dental health too, I know loads of people that had a small dental or health problem that could have been caught early, but dentists and general practitioners were only doing “essential” appointments and they were told it wasn’t urgent, so now they are basically fucked. Also happened to me too, In December 2020 I had undiagnosed bacterial tonsillitis, which caused an abscess (GP couldn’t give me an appointment and when I got a telephone one was told not to come in as it could be covid) and then I got sepsis….. I think I had post sepsis syndrome for ages after, as I was just exhausted and felt weak for about a year!

  37. Well, due to covid and health care fuckery - When I got REALLY sick (not covid) jan 2020, and then all the doctors offices shut down, and my appointments got rescheduled. And then rescheduled again. And I didnt get the care I needed. The first appointment I had with a specialist ended up being Aug 2020, and after that it was SO HARD to get appointments set up because EVERYONE was so backed up from not seeing people for so long.

  38. I’m so sorry this happened to you. I hope you are able to find a good doctor to take care of you, or some good treatments to help you.

  39. My vehicle was written off back at the start of the year, other guys fault 100% so my insurance company had to give me replacement cost of the vehicle. Is was a 2015 with 186,000 km on it, I was expecting maybe between 5 and 10k, and if I argued I might be able to push it as high at 12. First offer was $21,000. I was so dumbfounded I decided to just take it before they realised what a stupid mistake they made.

  40. It's wild. I bought my car in Sep 2019; 3 years later, put +40k miles on it, and the Kelly Blue Book is almost *exactly* the same.

  41. As a teacher, I can say that it’s definitely affected kids in a way people don’t realize. Kids who had their first year of school (or even second) during the pandemic act quite different than kids who had a normal introduction to school. Many of them seem to have fewer social skills and higher anxiety than kids from previous years.

  42. I work at a high school and it’s also very noticeable at this age. It’s as if with each grade level lower you see an exponential decrease in maturity, discipline, and social skills. The younger they were during Covid the harder it hit them. Specifically, it’s more noticeable in the boys. The girls have had less tolerance to stress and anxiety, though it has greatly improved since returning and they are mostly receptive to help and take advantage of the resources we’ve provided.

  43. Completely. I’m a college professor and my wife is a kindergarten teacher. Young people have definitely been affected. There are no more B- to C students. Just A’s and F’s. Whatever it took to buckle down and turn the semester around is not there any more. The campus is a ghost town. Faculty don’t come in when they don’t have to.

  44. Yes we are teaching collaboration/group dynamics to older grades who in precovid times would’ve had practice with this by now.

  45. I've been seeing this a lot in junior high kids too. In my experience, kids who spent their grade 6-8 years home are honestly seriously emotionally and socially stunted. These are the years they're supposed to be taking in the concept of social contracts, not to mention going through puberty. Compared to previous years, they show less empathy for the people around them, and think less about how their actions will impact others. And it's almost assuredly because for two key years of emotional development, they haven't had to.

  46. It ruined me on traffic, for one glorious year, as an "essential worker" I had the roads almost entirely to myself, it was beautiful.

  47. Those were glorious days for us truck drivers. I drove through NYC at 8 am on a Tuesday without ever touching the brakes.

  48. Everyone's just so angry, and far too many people seem to delight in finding ways they can be obnoxious to others.

  49. I’m in my 40’s, but the pandemic really cut the list of friends I socialized with in half. We got out of the habit of seeing one another, and now that things are back to “normal”, we just made a habit out of not having dinner dates and stuff like that. When I realized this was happening, it made me look back and realize that I was the one who used to plan things and reach out. I made the conscious decision to stop being the one who always reached out, called and texted and I now see that I’m only in touch with half the people that I used to be.

  50. Our town directly said that snow days are a joyful part of childhood and they would keep snow days. I’m sure it also has to do with power outages (if some kids don’t have power and can’t tune in, or if teachers from other towns don’t have power and can’t teach) but I thought it was a nice sentiment!

  51. I went to middle and high school in Florida, and our “version” of that was hurricane days. Or when the school’s air conditioner broke, because at that point the Mad Max universe seemed like a paradise.

  52. the lockdowns happened during my last semester of university. I've never had an in person job, only work from home, which I realize is a blessing but also makes it feel like... idk like it's not real. I have no work friends, have never met my supervisor in person, I do all my work from my desk in my room. It feels like pretend.

  53. I worked for almost a year during COVID for a company without meeting anyone in person. It was like a really dull video game until I met people. Now it’s like a really stressful video game.

  54. I'm still skeptical, but I can be sure that the pandemic took place for as long as anywhere between 1 and 13 years.

  55. I definitely feel this way. Because of the pandemic I permanently work from home. I’ve benefited from it immensely, but I also feel like I haven’t left work at all in about 3 years. It’s become a weird time warp where I feel like I work all day because I work sporadically throughout the entire day. I almost never know what day it is or the date.

  56. I feel like this isn’t talked about enough tbh. For me it seems like 2020 never really began. Unfortunately a lot of people lost their lives during that time and a lot of loved ones are gone that can never be replaced.

  57. Supply chain. Just in time ordering was a bad idea to begin with, but trying to adapt to the new normal when you are used to full shelves to choose from is almost worse.

  58. My perception on money. I worked so hard to pay off debt, save up for a new house, get promotions. Now with the rise of housing costs and inflation I feel like money is literally such a made-up thing and I have no control over anything even with all the right decisions.

  59. Funny you say that. In my minimum wage job i got a promotion and I finally got to a point where I was surviving enough to save a couple hundred in the bank as savings. Then I graduated and moved in with my lady and split the rent, so basically we got more sq/ft and we’re putting in half each. So it’s “cheaper”. Then I got hired in the field I graduated in that came with a huge pay raise and my savings portion got substantially bigger….and then the economy followed. Now I’m saving about the same as I was in my minimum wage job. It feels like I moved forward but I’m back to square one.

  60. Same here. The pandemic financially traumatized me. I hoard any money I can, became more “cheap” in my spending, and forgo purchases I may not necessarily need to out of fear.

  61. For people who worked from home and flourished, coming back to the office for "reasons" essentially killed your respect for your boss and company culture in general. If I was producing just as well in PJ's, why do I need to get dressed in a button up, drive 40 minutes to do the same shit?

  62. Absolutely, I’m super grumpy about being forced to come into the office even just twice a week. Especially since our freakin CEO and several other old and new employees live in another state.

  63. People talk about test scores in core subjects, but an even bigger impact are areas that couldn’t be done online: kids at the age where you start an instrument, theater kids, visual arts, and sports all suffered from kids at a certain age either losing interest or not getting proper fundamentals. The 8th grade band shouldn’t sound like the 6th grade band at the year end concert.

  64. I'm in health care. We were "heroes" when needed but when we aren't we are flexed off the schedule without pay. I'm sure the office folks that aren't on the floor providing the actual care get paid though. I no longer recommend going into health care for anybody.

  65. Many people were in it with us until they encountered even the slightest hint of inconvenience. Then they went fucking feral.

  66. idk if it's like this everywhere, but certainly where i live a lot of the stores and restaurants still have shitty hours, they close a lot earlier than they used to before the pandemic and there's no sign of them ever returning to their "normal" hours of operation, which really sucks for people like me whose schedules only allow for late night shopping trips

  67. My waistline, and my mental well being. It's my own fault, but I was about six months sober and working out daily before covid. A few days later, half my department and my co-manager are laid off.

  68. I'm so sorry friend. I understand about stress - I have anxiety disorder and the pandemic really set me back with my healing. Hang in there we are all doing the best we can. You are not alone.

  69. Children's education, mental health, coping skills, and socialization. My wife is an elementary educator, and it's shocking how far kids regressed during the pandemic. By almost every measure, this generation of kids is in big trouble. I'm optimistic that the trend will right itself over time, but it's really sad to see.

  70. My daughter was 4 when the pandemic hit, and turned 5 in the summer of 2020. We tried to do online kindergarten. Do not recommend. It was awful. She was saying things like "I can't do it," "I'm not smart," "I'm a bad kid," every day because she just couldn't sit there and look at a tablet all day and learn to read and write. It was a disaster, and my mental health has never been worse. She's 7 now, and they let her restart kindergarten in person last fall, and she's doing well in first grade, but holy guacamole, are she and her peers struggling with social and behavioral stuff. God help them.

  71. I just made the move from a middle school setting to an elementary school one. The kids this year are ok. But the current 4th grade class which I'll have in 2 years can't read. They just... Can't. They don't understand phonics. They can't write words longer than 2 or 3 letters. The ones who can read don't retain anything. Over 60% of them qualify for ESS. The next closest group we have to that is 23% and THAT was unheard of when that group (currently juniors) were coming up. People in 5th and 6th grades are seriously discussing early retirement because there's just not enough support for kids that low. We don't teach basic skills like reading and writing in our grade. Our district sure as heck won't hire people to help us. The lower grade levels have their own problems coming up... It's going to be a shit show.

  72. This is my second year working in an elementary school and I hear this every day. It's shocking when 4th and 5th graders can't do basic math or tell time. Also, the latest batch of kindergarteners struggle with basic play skills like being able to balance and stack things and truly using their imagination. Don't even get me started on behavior in the classroom... I love my job but I see the burn out in the seasoned teachers eyes.

  73. Yes!! Maturity levels are so off in kids who were in the pandemic shutdown! Source: teacher who experiences it daily.

  74. My wife works in early year’s education wait times for extra help used to be weeks for assessments on speech and language issues she contacted the service this week and got told it’s now 6 and a half months. There is a generation of kids who got messed up just because they were born at the wrong moment and we as a society haven’t noticed yet

  75. Grocery Shopping at 2:00am was the best thing ever. Now I have to shop with the rest of you hooligans and it fucking sucks.

  76. I work second shift, get off at 11pm. Used to do all my shopping after work, now everything is closed by the time I get off and I have to do all my shopping during the day. I hate it so much. Used to be plenty of options to grab a quick bite to eat on the way home as well, half the time even McDonald's is closed by the time I leave work nowadays. Nothing being 24 hours anymore is awful!

  77. That's the thing I miss the most. Going to Walmart at 1am so I don't have to deal with people blocking the aisles, walking slowly or almost running you over with their cart because they're coming out of an aisle like it's a turn in NASCAR.

  78. My wife and I started dating 12 years ago so dating apps weren't really a thing, although I used OkCupid a few times for hookups.

  79. I got sober pre-pandemic and I’m really glad I did. I would’ve drank myself to death during Covid if I hadn’t. 3 years sober on December 8th 🙌🏼

  80. Almost all of my favourite little independent shops are gone. My favourite record/used book store, the gourmet cheese place, and the crystal and tarot shop all gone. My luxury consignment and vintage store did survive and her prices are still reasonable.

  81. I feel like everyone is more bitter now. Like we all saw through the sham of society. Time feels different now. Things just feel off compared to pre 2020

  82. I’ve worked retail for years, and just the other day I was telling a long time coworker friend that people just don’t exchange pleasantries any more. I’ve always been pretty outgoing and try to say hi to everyone (it’s kinda part of my job I guess), but now it’s a lot more rare to get a response back or even eye contact.

  83. I feel everyone is just more rude and angry now. It's like the facade is starting to collapse. I think it's going to get worse. I am not happy about this.

  84. Everything just feels off, people are rude, no parties or overnight hangouts, most people nowadays keep themselves busy on their phones and tiktok. My mental health also took a hit. The time before 2020 feels like a colourful fantasy while the present one feels like a dystopian world

  85. I’ve found people have really turned inward and are more focused on their own families. For those of us who are single and live alone, the negative impact of that has been huge.

  86. Every holiday for 2020 was on a weekend, except Cinco de mayo , that was going to be on a Tuesday "taco Tuesday"... it was going to be the best party year ever.

  87. Oh I’ll ALWAYS be bitter about the pandemic ruining a Full Moon Saturday Halloween that was during the clock change so it would have been 25 hours long

  88. Elevator buttons: The overuse of cleaning agents have compromised the plastics that hold the buttons in place. As an elevator service manage, I have seen button replacement go up by at least 400%.

  89. Family relations. Vaxxed vs antivax, mask vs no mask, covid deniers vs lockdown advocates... Fractured a lot of my family and many others.

  90. When you combine social media with a global pandemic it forced all of us to realize people don't suffer equally. In the age before social media, we could rely on tradition or culture to justify sacrificing to come together. Nowadays we must be guarded to not be exploited.

  91. Food delivery. Fees on fees and the menu prices are more expensive in the apps. Yes it’s a convenience and you are paying for it, but damn it’s expensive. Then you play the tipping roulette game. Leave a good tip and your order still might be late, wrong, missing items, etc. Wanna tip after you get your food, so you don’t leave a tip beforehand? You ain’t getting your food.

  92. Gentleness, giving one another grace. I worry that we’re developing a toughness about the general state of things that is similar to the colder attitudes of older generations that went through hardship. I feel like Gen Z are coming off as far harsher and less easygoing than Milennials, which feels like a step backward, given Milennials had to fight for the right to be softer and more vulnerable than their predecessors.

  93. This is a very insightful comment, and I feel like you're onto something. I've noticed the same things. I think there's many positive aspects to Gen Z, as with any generation, so I don't want to just rag on them, but I have noticed that harshness to the ones I've encountered as well. I feel like Millennials and Gen Z are advocating for many of the same causes, but in different ways. I think you're right that Millenials fought to be more soft and vulnerable, whereas Gen Z has more of a "Fuck you, this is how things are, no discussion allowed. Don't even try to question anything I believe or you're a terrible person." attitude. Maybe some of that harshness is warranted or even needed but I can't help but feel like the pendulum has swung too far in the opposite direction. It feels like Gen Z has a more divisive "us against the world" attitude... which funny enough you also see more in the Baby Boomers, who the Gen Z hate. It's interesting.

  94. Children’s education, attitude, and manners. As a teacher, there is definitely a noticeable difference after covid in these things. The attitudes and blatant disrespect is unbelievable. I don’t take any of it personally so it doesn’t wear on me so much, but I can absolutely see why some teachers are burnt out because of it.

  95. I gave up in the midst of the pandemic because the district I was placed in for student teaching actively fucked numerous teachers over by cutting funding for EdTech tools we were using without warning. An entire week's worth of lessons I spent twelve hours over a weekend planning got flushed down the drain overnight due to something completely out of my control.

  96. I feel for you. My son (he's a senior in HS) and all of his friends talk about this all the time too. They talk about how so many of the underclassmen just don't know how to act. The principle explained it to me as this: Basically these schools are being left to deal with entire classes of freshmen and sophomore students who hadn't really attended school in person or anything else with a large amount of people since elementary (we were virtual 2 years) and early middle school. Since so much important social development occurs over the Jr. High years, this has stunted these kids in ways that few anticipated and the problem is so large scale that nobody really has any solutions yet. To make matters worse, most of the socialization that did take place was solely online on SM and in Gaming chats where the rules of in-person society don't really apply and can't be taught.

  97. In the USA, decency. I mean, folks were being fairly horrible to each other before 2019, but a few months of having to live with themselves, has brought out new levels of crazy.

  98. It pushed people away from social gatherings with friends and family and mostly replaced that with screen time. It fucked us up socially, we are more alone than ever.

  99. I feel like for me there’s an added element that I no longer feel the need or desire to engage in conversations I don’t care about. Like all my small talk is gone. I can still do it but now I’m more likely to allow awkward silences and more often I can’t think of questions to ask or things to talk about.

  100. Imho I think what suffered the most was the educational system. I know that my little brother and sister who were virtual learning for 2020/2021 did the bare minimum and probably spent more time doing “fun” things than doing what they would have been doing during the 6-8 hour school period. My parents couldn’t really help them with their school work since they couldn’t remember how to do it or it has changed so much in the past 30ish years (heck they could barely help me with mine 15ish years ago)

  101. Personally, I'm not as soft as I used to be, and I'm not as open with others, either. I don't trust people the same way. I'm taken aback when someone other than my family wants to hug me because we just went so long without human connection. I was really lucky during the pandemic because me and my whole family stayed healthy, but there were lots of things put on hold that started to alter my path mentally and ultimately who I was as a person. I started seeing things I didn't like in people based on how they treated others in that really tough time. I saw the job that I thought was my dream job become very toxic. I feel like I was a lot more optimistic before the pandemic, and while I'm not pessimistic now, I am very cautious and wary in a way I never was before.

  102. There's still always a shortage of something. It's not as bad now, but it seems that every other time I go to the store there's something you can buy only a limited quantity of or is just unavailable due to a supply shortage.

  103. Printed menus… call me snarky but scrolling through your phone at dinner, whether with family or on a date, is shitty

  104. Also, one time recently I had been out for awhile during the day and my phone died. Stopped to get something to eat before going home.

  105. People's physical appearance. Everyone on TV looks really, visibly older than in 2020. I swear soom people have aged 10 years in 2.

  106. People's life plans. We lost almost TWO YEARS of our lives. I should have been in a much different place by now but Covid ruined my opportunities and now I feel like I'm behind two years.

  107. Yes! From 2019 through early March 2020 I had been interviewing for my dream job, socializing more, developing hobbies, going out of my comfort zone and trying new things and had even lost 20 pounds. The pandemic took all of that away, burnt me out, feels like I’ve stalled out in my career, I gained the weight back and then some, developed some new health issues and now struggle with having energy to do more than the barest of minimums. It sucks.

  108. Not even just 2 years, I am in a worse spot in every aspect than I was 2 years ago. My money doesn't go as far, basic supplies are more expensive, housing is insane, rent is insane, my social life is worse, my work life is worse. There is not a single thing I can look at and go yeah I am better off than I was.

  109. People’s ability to drive. Drivers are far more aggressive post-COVID, and even fewer people are using their signals.

  110. The driving has become absolutely insane. I have been starting to wonder if these people are casually suiicdal and just simply don’t care if they get into an accident.

  111. We have become more addicted to social media. Most of us gained weight during the lockdowns. And lastly, divorces have increased. People realized sharing the same house with someone they love is good but sharing every single second is not .

  112. 2019 I had a nice sit down dinner with my family at a comfy neighborhood Indian restaurant, it was very pleasant with the sound soft conversation. This year we found ourselves back there. We were the only dine in customers. The owner was trying his best to keep up the nice aesthetic, but constantly we heard the door dash alarm going off and a seemingly endless stream of cold tired looking men would shuffle in and ask if the door dash order was ready. The owner just looked so stressed trying to juggle this, there was no joy in any interaction, he was overwhelmed and the drivers were overwhelmed. His once pleasant restaurant was now essentially the drive through at McDonald's. We just had to wonder, is contactless and effort free delivery just the new standard for all dining in the post covid world?

  113. Yeah. I noticed this too when the only reason I would play a game was to 100% it. I don’t even remember having fun it just feels like an addiction. I’ve wondered “hm I’ve spent over 700 hours gaming where would I be if I spent these hours exercising” but oh well

  114. For me, it was my sense of self. I can hardly recall the person I used to be before the pandemic. My social skills took a massive hit and I became an anxious, self-depreciating mess. My hobbies have dramatically changed and I sometimes struggle to remember what I liked before consuming a shit ton of pandemic media.

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