Familiarity with Technology and the Pandemic Experience

By looking at age, internet access, and how often our respondents used technology before the pandemic, we were able to show differences in people’s attitudes towards the increase in online activities during the pandemic. From changes in productivity, to frustration with new technology, to how viable online alternatives are seen, it became clear that the pandemic affected different groups in different ways when it comes to the internet and technology.

Inequity During COVID-19

Here, we consider one important implication of COVID-19: the unequal impact that it has on different demographic groups. We examine different groups’ abilities to avoid COVID-19 exposure, continue working and studying, and minimize life disruptions. Overall, low-income groups with lower levels of educational attainment appear to face some of the pandemic’s most pervasive effects.

Changing daily life during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has changed lives in many ways. Based on early data from our COVID-19 survey, it appears that these changes are not all bad. People are enjoying family time, cooking, and more. They are also transitioning to telecommuting and changing their preferred modes of travel, trends that are expected to stick around in the long term. Overall, the majority of people indicate they may want some aspects of life under the pandemic to continue even after COVID-19 is gone.

The future of urban life and transportation after COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a significant impact on our daily lives even after the virus itself is less of a threat. Our comprehensive survey of Chicagoans shows implications for how people will work and travel, and how governments should handle future pandemics. A need for flexible, effective policies that address both health concerns and social needs such as equity and environmentalism are strongly recommended.