The amount of money Americans are willing to pay to erase 2020 is shocking

Considering how much of a dumpster fire 2020 was for everyone, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many people want it erased from their memory.

The stress and anxiety the year brought to everyone rose to unseen levels, produced by the transition from in-office work to work-from home due to the pandemic only to be notched up many levels by the uncertainty of the election, the Black Lives Matter movement, and general unease there is to navigating a pandemic that no one had a strangle of.

Unfortunately, 2021 hasn’t been much better. Vaccination rollout remains slow in parts of the US and mask-wearing will likely be extended for quite some time. Whether your job still aims to get back into the physical office by July remains in limbo, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

But getting back to 2020 quickly. The dreadful year is likely to cause some PTSD for everyone, whether it’s returning to routines like getting up at the crack of dawn for work again (instead of rolling out of bed for the 9 a.m. Zoom call) or simply integrating yourself back into a society that once had open restaurants, movie theaters, and pack stadiums for your favorite team.

Getting over those anxieties will take time and Americans are willing to pay big bucks to get 2020 out of their memory.

In a recent survey looking into the stress of the past year, the average American said they would be willing to spend almost $2,000 to erase 2020 from their memory. The survey, conducted by OnePoll with CBDistillery, asked Americans to reflect on the past year and how they plan to go ahead in 2021.

Researchers discovered that Americans were willing to shell out $1,836 to forget about 2020. Consider the number for a minute: $1,836 is more than the stimulus check offered to Americans earlier in the pandemic. It’s a month’s rent for a one-bedroom in the current New York City real estate market.

The need to erase the past year out of their memory stems from the stress of the pandemic, which ranked as the most stressful event in the past year. The US’ response to the pandemic was the second most stress event of 2020, with 37% agreeing so, followed by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (36%), the confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court (32%), and the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant (30%).

More than a quarter of participants said the presidential election stressed them out, while the death of actor Chadwick Boseman was more stressful than policy brutality and the killing of George Floyd, according to respondents.

Ten percent of respondents said the murder hornets, which hit the US last year, also stressed them out.

Here’s a few other findings on what stress has done to Americans, according to the survey:

  • The average respondent gained 13 pounds due to stress.
  • Americans lost an average of 245 hours of sleep due to stressors caused throughout the year, amounting in five hours of sleep a week.