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Two-thirds of Americans think quarantining during coronavirus pandemic has made them a better person, found new hobbies, study finds

Amy Reyor draws an ice cream cone using sidewalk chalk. She uses her drawings to bring joy to people walking by during the coronavirus pandemic. (Heather Adams | [email protected]/TNS)
September 05, 2020

Many Americans think they’ve become better people, have found new hobbies and have decided they want to spend more time with family due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A new study, commissioned by Coravin and conducted by OnePoll, found that 70% learned more about themselves and that 55 percent of respondents were a bit embarrassed by some of the things they valued pre-quarantine, according to People.

The survey included 2,000 Americans over the age of 21.

After the pandemic is over, 35 percent said they want to continue their newfound hobbies, 27 percent want a better work/life balance and 46 percent want to spend more quality time with friends and family, People reported.

Even after Massachusetts began reopening after shutting down in March, people were weary of getting out.

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In June, 56.6% of respondents from a MassLive/WGBH/Suffolk survey said they were not comfortable with the idea of eating out. This past weekend brought many shoppers out – some for the first time in six months — for tax-free weekend.

Amy Reyor in Springfield was one of those who found a new hobby, gaining attention for her 3D sidewalk chalk artwork.

As an art major, she’s surprised at the medium that’s bringing her and many others so much joy.

“It’s a lot of fun,” she said. “I’m glad I found it.”

This has also led her to do more artwork again overall, something she hadn’t been doing as much since college.

Reyor’s created everything from what looks like an ice cream cone falling on the ground to fish swimming.

“I was just noticing huge crowds of people walking more than normal. All of us bored and sad and depressed, just trying to find something to do,” she said. “So I just decided to see what I could do.”

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