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Lasting effects from the Pandemic.

  • 01-04-2023 5:03pm
    Registered Users Posts: 8,720 ✭✭✭

    Do you think you have changed much since the pandemic? are you more reclusive, socially anxious, selfish, or are you now more friendly and more appreciative now of all the things you couldn't do while we were locked down?

    my observations are road rage is more noticeable, a lot of people are totally self entered now. some are enjoying the little things and taking that trip they always wanted etc

    I learned to stop working so much but I think im probably more reclusive now if im honest and sometimes I dont enjoy chatting strangers as much as I used to.



  • Registered Users Posts: 10,161 ✭✭✭✭Jim_Hodge

    I have to say its just back to how things were before. I haven't noticed any behavioural changes in people.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,160 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Cashless society shite

    People have become ruder than they were. Like the road rage but also manifests in other places

    Harder to get stuff done, if you try to buy stuff it's out of stock or the person you want to talk to is "working from home" and semi-permanently unreachable

    Big brother Orwellian has set in and become accepted

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,922 ✭✭✭✭Purple Mountain

    I've noticed it in some school children who lost 2 solid years due to interruptions to their schooling.

    Some never gained their momentum back again for classroom based study.

    They think they can still work at the easy going pace of remote learning.

    To thine own self be true

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,587 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    ..ive heard some kids are now even experiencing autistic like issues, now thats very worrying!

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,922 ✭✭✭✭Purple Mountain

    The kids I'm thinking of (mostly my own) didn't lose any social skills during remote learning bur definitely a structure and focus to sitting in a classroom to learn!

    To thine own self be true

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,297 ✭✭✭Count Dracula


    They are here for ever now.

  • Registered Users Posts: 951 ✭✭✭Notmything

    They've already been here forever.

    On a positive workers are more willing to move jobs if they feel they are not been treated fairly.

    Negative the numbers who now believe a random meme on Facebook over what common sense should be telling them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,623 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    No, thats parenting. Children being stifled into anti-social, behaviourly challenged little darlings was going on long before the pandemic. Thats parenting.

    Parents convincing themselves that because their kids are a little off, they must be autistic and then projecting that onto those same kids, is highly damaging. Thats parenting.

    Cosseting, helicopter parenting is, at the very time human brains are a sponge for learning, scrambling their own kids' ability to self-teach and learn discernment, reason and accountability.

    The pandemic may have magnified that a little, but it absolutely did not cause it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,378 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    I work from home now all the time, cannot stand commuting anymore and I'll refuse any job that requires me to turn up regularly

    I'm probably more reclusive now, more from the working at home than the pandemic (as in I'm not particularly worried about getting sick)

    Tbh I think it's better, makes me focus on the friends who mean something rather than trying to maintain a load of parasocial relationships with people I've no interest in

    Overall, I talk to fewer people every day, and I love it 😁

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,914 ✭✭✭Andrea B.

    Livestreaming funerals.

    Horrible legacy.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,012 ✭✭✭Mister Vain

    Being on the PUP was a wake up call. When you're getting almost as much money to sit as home as you were breaking your back for some cúnt of a boss, it really makes you reevaluate things. I'm my own boss now and I actually like my job which is something I never thought I'd say.

    I do miss the camaraderie with the lads from my old job though. I used to meet lots of people through my hobbies too but that has kind of dried up since the pandemic. People have either lost interest in it or else they're too busy working every hour god sends as a result of the rising cost of living.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,741 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Is your current boss a cnut as well? 😁

    Legacies of the pandemic for me:

    • Changed the way we work, wfh now seems the established way in fintech.

    • Employers now realising they don’t need a lot of the people they employed so there is bloodletting.

    • Prices of everything have risen due to shortages.

    • Housing is even worse due to lack of construction for almost two years and difficult getting materials for the same reason.

    • economically we are being affected by the huge pandemic payouts and debt warehousing during the pandemic.

    • People seem less tolerant, less patient, more easily angered, though I’m not sure if social media played a bigger part in that.

    • Masks are here to stay, and there must be an expectation that new strains of Covid will spread panic again in future.

    • Healthcare has changed forever, Covid has led to an exodus of experienced staff who cannot be replaced quickly enough with people of the same calibre.

    • Cash is declining, though that may only be temporary as debt associated with tapping bites harder.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,780 ✭✭✭gipi

    For family abroad who may not be able to come back for a funeral, it's a wonderful way of feeling part of the ceremony.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,914 ✭✭✭Andrea B.

    Agreed. I just see it as a bit of intrusion, especially ones been seen at their most vulnerable for those really tragic occasions.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,741 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Wouldn't it be up to the family to decide on streaming?

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,491 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Most masses from most churches are live-streamed these days…so I think it’s just a given…

    this… anyone having to come a distance at short notice. From abroad, not always possible.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 66,540 Mod ✭✭✭✭L1011

    One minor thing I've noticed is that 24 petrol stations are dead and gone in all but the busiest places - no significant traffic during lockdowns and the rollout of pay at pump setups then.

    In ~2010, my area had a 24h Dunnes, 24h Tesco, two petrol stations, and a newsagents that 'closed' between 2 and 4, if they felt like it (rarely did).

    We've now not got a single shop open after 10pm, and that 10pm close is a shop that is always open - they close on Christmas but they would be open at 10 on Christmas Eve and again at 7 on the 26th.

    The McDonalds is still 24h, I think

  • Registered Users Posts: 463 ✭✭Ramasun

    Conspiracy theories about everything that involves self-control or patience.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,182 ✭✭✭tinytobe

    The job market is different. Lot's more hiring via videoconferences and more work from home schemes. I don't necessarily love this development.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,611 ✭✭✭Wanderer2010

    Its made me much more grateful that my parents, although elderly and not in great health, are still alive. So many people lost their parents through Covid so i want to enjoy every moment with them before they pass on.

    Another surprising side effect of the pandemic was its allowed me to cut certain people completely out of my life. I have no respect for anti vaxxers and the amount of people who I previously would have labelled as intelligent who showed themselves up to be rabid conspiracy theories was just bizzare. My values and beliefs are more important than ignorant theories.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 107 ✭✭Eurox6

    I really enjoyed the first lock down,

    There was great weather & my son was only a couple of months old so got to spend loads fo time with him

    Regards lasting effects i think iv just steeled back in to where i was before hand, Some small changes in how i live my life but people change in 3 years anyway ,

  • Registered Users Posts: 17,670 ✭✭✭✭rob316

    Think we all liked the 1st one, at least the novelty of it, it wore fairly fast then with the subsequent lockdowns. My son is autistic with an ID and it was incredibly difficult for him without school, that is one thing I will never forgive the fact those schools were closed down during it. It was totally unnecessary given the small numbers in each class as is.

    I definitely value the time I spend with my family after it though, bit of a wakeup call whats important to me.

  • Registered Users Posts: 887 ✭✭✭sameoldname

    Just on the subject of road rage, while I haven't seen any examples of it myself, I wonder could it be partially explained by the absolutely shocking drop in the standard of driving since the pandemic? I mean, it was bad before but now it genuinely feels like people are trying to deliberately cause an accident.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,378 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    I agree with this to an extent, I feel like during COVID all the people who still had to travel to work got used to the roads being empty. And all the people stuck at home forgot how to drive

    I think people's patience is a lot lower now as well. For example if you're working from home part time then you're stuck commuting several days knowing that you're spending an hour in traffic whereas you could have just walked to your desk at home

    Before the pandemic nobody questioned it, but since people saw got taste for remote work they're starting to wonder about some of the things they're forced to do for work

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost

  • Registered Users Posts: 132 ✭✭Terrier2023

    people realised that thier managers at work were nasty arseholes and they enjoyed WFH where the interactions were minim,al and one could always blame the WIFI if you didnt want to see their nasty faces. I think managers got a cold awakening as to what they do & dont do and the bosses saw this too big salary a lot of bullying and actually does little or nothing "! I know several mangers who got their P45's and i enjoyed it !

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,720 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    Good point. I remember a few months back, they increased the fine for using a phone while driving, from 9 am to 12 pm that day, I counted 7 people using their phone while driving, shocking.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,324 ✭✭✭✭murpho999

    Cashless society was always on the way as technology was improving and being embraced more. Pandemic just gave it a boost but it was always coming .Don't find it shite at all though, it 's more convenient, secure and I dont' worry that the "gubberment" can I see I bought stuff.

    Stuff being out of stock was is a supply chain issues again not all caused by pandemic

    Your Orwellian point is nonsensical and seems reminds me of people with tin foil hats at the time being anti-lockdown and anti-vax and that's the biggest lasting effect for me as I discovered how many people were idiots during Covid and I'll never look at them the same way again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,303 ✭✭✭brokenbad

    Wouldn't be a regular mass goer but have observed that priests have continued to drop the "you may offer each other the sign of peace" handshake at mass for hygienic reasons - probably no harm anyway.

    You still meet the odd person at social or work related events who will leave you hanging awkwardly when you extend your hand to shake theirs - and they will either offer a fist bump or elbow bump as you awkwardly revert to their method of greeting.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,492 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Everyone bought a lockdown dog, usually the mini white fluffy miserable looking things. Costing a fortune in vet's bills as many are their own grandpa from puppy farms.

    Half still walk them everywhere, the other half shipped them off to over capacity pounds.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,492 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Not really, most people have stopped wearing them and only wear one when they are forced to.

    Only some elderly and people with health issues still continue to wear them in public.