Life under lockdown - studying uses of media and technology

The lockdown caused significant changes to all aspects of daily life. During this time, we decided to adjust our work priorities to research how people’s lives and use of technology and media were changing under lockdown.

In this post, we explain why we decided to conduct this study and share and evaluate our methodology.

Why research people's lives during lockdown?

While the Covid-19 lockdown has impacted the whole country, we have not all been in the same boat. Class, race, living situation and financial situation have created stark differences in our experiences of the pandemic. For this reason, we wanted to shine a light on specific groups in society which we hypothesised would be more adversely affected by the situation.

We chose to run the study across the following three groups of people:

  • 18-30 years old from low socio-economic groups, with high representation from BAME communities.
  • Households with multiple generations under one roof: children, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles.
  • Vulnerable & isolated populations: those who were shielding for age or health reasons, people over 70, people with accessibility needs/disabilities, people living alone.

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