A year of digital more

While we still grapple with all the realities of the pandemic, more and more issues arise. One issue is the increase in device usage for the bulk of the population. According to PC Magazine:

“People have also been depending on their devices more for personal use. In 2020, US online merchants saw more than $860 billion in sales, an increase of 44% year over year, according to estimates from Digital Commerce 360, a media and research firm. That figure is nearly triple the increase seen from 2018 to 2019. Specifically, online sales of sporting goods, puzzles, games, and craft supplies all rose sharply. And internet shopping during the pandemic hasn’t been just for entertainment. Online grocery revenue surged to more than 350% higher in late March 2020 compared to pre-pandemic levels and has since leveled out to be around 230% higher, according to the Digital Economy Index by Adobe Analytics.”

At the same time, light exposure from devices is messing with circadian rhythms, disrupting sleep, dopamine, and serotonin levels. Understanding that stepping out into the light of day everyday is an important human need, it’s enough to wonder what other complications may arise as a result of the COVID pandemic.

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