COVID-19 is driving this trend because as many people are forced to stay at home due to the pandemic, they are turning to baking as a way to de-stress and cure their boredom. Banana bread is the most accessible baking recipe and an easy entryway into baking because it does not require as much skill, time and equipment as other baking recipes.
COVID-19 is driving this trend because panic buying as a result of the pandemic led to lack of toilet paper rolls in grocery store shelves in the U.S. and other countries. People then decided to pay homage to "one of the most sought-after consumer commodities of COVID-19, 2020".
Resources that provide knowledge on home food production are also being used more. Experimental Farm Network, based in Philadelphia, had over 2,000 people signing up and attending their weekly calls where they discuss beginner gardening.
COVID-19 is driving this trend because people are looking for ways to use their free time after the pandemic has led to closure of bars, restaurants and theaters, and the cancellation of sporting events. In addition, due to the closure of schools, parents are looking at gardening as an outdoor activity that they can do with their children.
This trend has emerged for different reasons such as a homeschooling science experiment, a sustainable hobby and a survivalist response to the pandemic. It helps people to save money, avoid food waste, and learn about gardening, sustainability and nature.
There is also a social aspect, whereby people want to participate in an activity that many people are doing. Regrowing vegetables in a glass is part of the several trends that have been going around since the outbreak of the pandemic, including whipping coffee, baking bread and playing Animal Crossing.
People around the globe, including the US, are playing more video games as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Verizon, video game usage in the U.S. increased by 75% during the first week of mass self-isolation. Analysts also expect video game sector fundamentals to be better than the market average and to weather the market volatility as the COVID-19 pandemic prevails.
COVID-19 is driving this trend because it has led to the cancellation of various entertainment options such as live sporting events. As a result, people are seeking alternative entertainment options which include gaming. For example, Major League Baseball is not going on but in March 2020, the video game based on the baseball franchise, MLB The Show 20, "had the highest-selling debut month" in the franchise's history.
Arts and Crafts Activities
The number of people taking part in various arts and crafts activities has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and there has been an increase in consumer demand for art supplies. In research done by Nerdy Bear, arts and crafts ranked fourth on the list of most popular hobbies adopted by Americans during the coronavirus outbreak.
In research done by Nerdy Bear, a culture website, working out from home is the third most popular hobby adopted by Americans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with 35% of those surveyed reporting that they are now "taking up virtual workout classes from the comfort of their homes"
According to Google Trends, there has been a 488% increase in search interest for home workouts since the coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, Picodi reports that searches for home gyms increased by 376% in March 2020 as compared to March 2019.
Workout-related items were among the fastest growing goods by the growth of their Google searches between February 2020 and March 2020. The growth for different items during the period was as follows:
COVID-19 is driving this trend because it has led to the closing of gyms. As a result, people are looking for alternatives to fitness clubs and gyms by working out from home or turning to the only outdoor option, which is running.