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Authors: Wessels, Marlene
Utegaliyev, Nariman
Bernhard, Christoph
Welsch, Robin
Oberfeld, Daniel
Thönes, Sven
Castell, Christoph von
Title: Adapting to the pandemic : longitudinal effects of social restrictions on time perception and boredom during the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany
Online publication date: 27-Oct-2022
Year of first publication: 2022
Language: english
Abstract: With the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments introduced nationwide lockdowns that disrupted people’s daily routines and promoted social isolation. We applied a longitudinal online survey to investigate the mid-term effects of the mandated restrictions on the perceived passage of time (PPT) and boredom during and after a strict lockdown in Germany. One week after the beginning of the lockdown in March 2020, respondents reported a slower PPT and increased boredom compared to the pre-pandemic level. However, in the course of the lockdown, PPT accelerated and boredom decreased again until August 2020. Then, in October 2020, when incidence rates sharply rose and new restrictions were introduced, we again observed a slight trend toward a slowing of PPT and an increase of boredom. Our data also show that as the pandemic progressed, respondents adjusted their predictions about the pandemic’s duration substantially upward. In sum, our findings suggest that respondents adapted to the pandemic situation and anticipated it as the new “normal”. Furthermore, we determined perceived boredom and the general emotional state to be predictive of PPT, while depressive symptoms played a minor role.
DDC: 150 Psychologie
150 Psychology
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 02 Sozialwiss., Medien u. Sport
Place: Mainz
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Document type specification: Scientific article
License: CC BY
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Journal: Scientific reports
Pages or article number: 1863
Publisher: Springer Nature
Publisher place: London
Issue date: 2022
ISSN: 2045-2322
Publisher DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-05495-2
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