The magnitude of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis is unparalleled in recent history and has, therefore, had a significant impact on the world. It has effectively stalled the Australian way of life and stopped ‘business as usual’. Throughout March and April Australians were asked to stay home unless going out for essentials such as food shopping and exercising. Schools were closed, and Australians were confined to their homes. Throughout this time Australians experienced significant changes in their lives and many are hoping some of these positive changes will be retained as we ‘return to normal’.
Australians want to keep a slower pace of life that prioritises family
Due to COVID-19 more than half of Australians (52%) have spent more time with their family/household members and want this to continue in their life. Similarly, half of Australians are enjoying a slower pace of life (49%), prioritising financial savings (49%) and want this to continue.
The love for the outdoors has also been rekindled with a third of Australians (34%) spending more time in nature and wanting this to continue. Interestingly, more than one in four Australians (26%) have spent more time praying or on spiritual pursuits and would like this to continue in their life.
Differences among the generations
Younger generations are more likely than older generations to be prioritising financial saving and want to continue to do so, while older generations are more likely to have said they’ve enjoyed a slower pace of life.