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I'd certainly see the first three, but the example for #4 may not be a general change - why would someone give up beef because of the pandemic? Eating out is certainly eliminated, and there are those who are worried about doing take out/pick up of meals but unless there is a supply chain reduction in a particular food item, I'd expect folks to continue to eat what they ate before.
I'd suggest that non-discretionary, large purchases are likely to be deferred given the fiscal restraint that many will feel but if someone's car is on its last legs or they are in a forced move position, they will continue to do so.
Travel is a big change - I used to enjoy at least two major vacations each year with my wife and a few weekend getaways to cottages with friends and family. I haven't quite got comfortable with the idea of "virtual" tourism - I'm still holding out hope that I am just deferring my big vacations this year and not giving up on any travel. Unfortunately, my Fall cruise to Gibraltar, Spain & Portugal will most likely be cancelled - I just can't see myself willingly stepping aboard a cruise ship for many months...
Well, I've always wanted to see what I'd look like with a beard, and now's my chance!
I believe everyone's situations & environments will differ, but for me and my family, we drive less (maybe 2x a week), spend significantly less on take-out food, and walk a lot more. An unexpected benefit is having "virtual coffee" with LinkedIn connections I never would have connected with otherwise. It's been great being able to do that and hope it continues. I've been humbled by 7th grade math and found managing a team of developers is easier than managing my kids online school assignments and the 11 teachers we're submitting to. Grocery stores have been a lesson in trade-offs as simple things, like pasta and eggs, are usually sold out, so have to find something else. Playing with my kids has increased significantly, which has been a blessing I wouldn't have gotten otherwise. I could go on about immediate impacts but those are the biggest ones.
In the end, we make it what it is. I have a job as does my wife. I'm thankful for that. But when this is over, I'll be happy to reconnect with friends and coworkers face to face, go out without concern and go back to the gym. However, there will be a couple things I miss.
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I was referring specifically to beef.
Cattle farming is very polluting :-)
What other habits in our lifestyle can be changed?
Many of these ideas can be turned into projects
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As the world population is aging and as our lifestyle is sure to change, we can dedicate more time to volunteering providing care in the field of geriatrics
What other predictions would you make in predicting the change in our lifestyles?
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