A new study suggests that the epidemic may have permanently altered people’s personalities.
Even though it has been less than three years since the global epidemic began, experts from the Florida State University College of Medicine believe that personality changes have been as significant as those that occur in a decade.
Other research revealed no correlation between natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods and individuals’ characteristics. However, the researchers believe that COVID-19 may have altered entirely human thought and behavior.
According to the authors, young adults are more prone to stress and less cooperative.
The journal PLoS ONE released research that assessed 7,109 individuals who had participated in the Understanding America Study online.
Comparisons were made between the pre-pandemic personality features, the early pandemic, and the latter period (2021 and 2022). Participants ranged from 18 to 109 years old, with a gender distribution of 41.2% males.
The investigations revealed that with time, favorable personality qualities such as openness, extraversion, and conscientiousness diminished. Meanwhile, Neuroticism grew as agreeableness dropped.