29 January 2021, 06:18
People are spending more time watching TV and gaming, exercising less and are more unhappy in this lockdown compared to the first, research suggests.
According to a study by University College London (UCL), four in 10 people said they are exercising less. However 13 per cent said they were doing more exercise.
Nearly a fifth of people (19%) said they were watching television, streaming films and gaming more, with 13% saying they were doing so less than before.
A third (34%) say they are working more, while people are spending less time on hobbies such as arts and crafts, gardening and DIY, and volunteering.
UCL’s Covid-19 Social Study, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, is the UK’s largest study into how adults are feeling during lockdown.
More than 70,000 people have been questioned weekly over the past 44 weeks.
The research shows levels of happiness and life satisfaction have decreased alongside these behaviour changes.
Average happiness scores are lower during this lockdown than those reported during April 2020, and life satisfaction scores are at a similar level.
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