Covid19 Pandemic Chronicles2020-07-06T10:16:55+00:00

Is the age of digital entertainment coming?

Is the age of digital entertainment coming? By Fanyi Yang* During the COVID-19 outbreak, the entertainment habits of individuals across different regions varied due to different policies. Behind these individual differences, however, we can find some commonalities in entertainment life. This article will discuss the possibilities of digital entertainment in the pandemic through my interviews with two people living in Sweden and two people living in China. People are actively looking for alternatives to their original entertainment activities and try to adapt their entertainment activities to the current pandemic situation. During the pandemic, due to the restrictions of laws and regulations, many offline entertainment activities with large groups could not be continued. People began to find reasonable alternatives for entertainment such as small-scale activities with friends at home or digital entertainment [...]

November 17th, 2020|

Are our shopping habits now part of the our “new normal”? 

Are our shopping habits now part of the "new normal"? By Hüseyin ERBAS*  The cheek kiss is still a ritual in some cultures, although it is less now common in European societies. It was a ritual practiced more frequently before the Spanish flu in 1918. After the Spanish flu pandemic, handshaking replaced cheek kissing and this new ritual became the ''new normal'' (Birnbaum, Harlan, Rolfe, 2020). COVID-19 pandemic has affected our everyday lives and behaviors. Today, handshaking has now been replaced by waving and elbow bumping and these have recurred again as greeting gestures within our ''new normal'' everyday behaviors during COVID-19. Not only do extraordinary situations change our greeting rituals, they also change our shopping behaviors. With the COVID-19  pandemic, consumers gained new shopping habits that they would never have [...]

November 11th, 2020|

Travelling in Corona times: Part One

Travelling in Corona times, Part One Author: Sahra Rosenkvist & Editor: Matthew Short Note from the author This is an excerpt taken from my experience and demonstrates how we can utilize field journals and autoethnography as a method for understanding the essence of doing things and how humans interact with the world around them. 23rd of July, 2020 I am on my way to the train station in Helsingborg, less than a half-hour until the train leaves for Copenhagen Airport. I am returning to Turkey for the first time in a year and it happens to be during the Corona era. It is very hard for me to travel in such a stressful time with the virus outbreak. I feel nervous, I want to go and see my family and have a [...]

October 29th, 2020|

What’s happening to Chinese youth entertainment during the pandemic?

What's happening to Chinese youth entertainment during the pandemic? By Fanyi Yang* Since the outbreak of COVID-19, countries have introduced different measures and policies to prevent people from spreading the virus, including regular hand washing, wearing face masks, maintaining social distance, reducing face-to-face interaction, and so on. These policies and measures brought about by COVID-19 have greatly influenced people's views and social patterns. With a curiosity about how different levels of prevention measures and policies have affected people's entertainment activities during the epidemic, I have conducted research aiming to explore the different dimensions of entertainment experienced in China. Strict epidemic prevention measures have brought the epidemic under good control in China. In the first two months of the outbreak, China asked the public to abide by hygiene practices, wear face masks, [...]

October 22nd, 2020|

Attitudes towards online shopping in over 65s

Attitudes towards online shopping in over 65s By Huseyin Erbas* Nowadays, we can buy a lot of things from the internet with just a few clicks, without moving from our couch. Food, clothing, medical, all kinds of services, entertainment, books, furniture, home, car, tickets and even doctor and nurse services are some of the things we can buy online. The rate of online shopping (e-commerce) is increasing day by day with the widespread use of the internet and the increase in the variety of products sold on the internet. For example, according to the E-barometer report published by the cooperation of Postnord, Svensk Digital Handel and HUI Research, the percentage of those who shop online at least once in Sweden is 67% in 2018, 70% in 2019 and 77% in 2020 [...]

October 14th, 2020|

Wearing or not Wearing a Mask during the Pandemic

Wearing or not wearing a mask during the pandemic By Vera Johansson In a world of an on-going pandemic, wearing a mask has become an important segment to be able to move around in the shared spaces. However, that tradition has not been manifested in Sweden to the same degree as in other countries. One reason for this might be that The Public Health Agency of Sweden has chosen not to issue any recommendations to wear a mask. One reason for this that has been given is that “there are obvious risks if masks are used incorrectly. Theoretically, they have not been shown to have any effect”. Meanwhile, some people wear it due to the impact it has had on the rest of the world, with the motivation that “masks may [...]

October 8th, 2020|

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