- On March 19, California became the first US state to issue a stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
- Since then, 42 states have issued stay-at-home orders, affecting an estimated 95% of Americans.
- Social distancing has radically changed many Americans’ everyday lives: how they spend their time, how they spend their money, and how they connect with people.
- Between at-home baking and joining TikTok, here are some of the ways staying at home has changed American society in just a few weeks.
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THEN: US residents took 1.9 billion leisure trips in 2019.
THEN: TikTok users were predominantly Gen Z and young millennials, with 42% falling between ages 18-24 and 27% falling between 13-17.
NOW: 6.2 million people in the US downloaded the video sharing app in the first three weeks of March, up 27% from February. Move over Gen Z: Gen X and baby boomers can do those TikTok dances now, too.
Source: Music Business Worldwide
THEN: Video conferencing app Zoom reported 10 million daily users in December 2019.
THEN: 7% of the US workforce had the option to work from home on a regular basis.
Source: World Economic Forum
NOW: So many people are working from home that major US fashion brands are marketing “Work From Home (WFH)” wear.
THEN: Children crashing their father’s live BBC broadcast interview in 2017 made headlines around the world.
NOW: TV personalities like Jimmy Fallon have made their kids part of the show while filming from home.