The second round of ‘quarantine fatigue’ may be more brutal than the first

Quarantine fatigue” is hitting Americans a little differently this time around.

For those uncommon with quarantine fatigue, it first peaked just a month after the coronavirus pandemic forced the US to close in March in order to contain the virus and prevent further outbreaks. Quarantine fatigue started happening when people got tired of quarantining, opting to break social distancing and quarantine measures to get outside and, well, not socially distance.

While most stay-at-home orders and restrictions have been lifted across the US, the pastimes of quarantine are getting a little bit boring. Remember the puzzle craze earlier in quarantine? It had companies scrabbling to meet backorders with waits up to as long as a month, but you’d be hard-pressed to see someone fiddling with a puzzle today. Arts and crafts have been swapped for the beach and masked dining experiences, while your workout routine from April is probably as redundant as remote work has become.

Like the previously mentioned trends of quarantine, the fatigues of quarantine have reached Americans both in the kitchen and on the sofa as well.

Are people tired of TV in quarantine?

Binge-watching Netflix and cooking have become old and boring, according to two separate studies looking into the habits of Americans. While it was once reassuring to know there were thousands of hours of film and television to help get you through quarantine, the initial boom of the streaming industry appears to have flattened, according to Adobe, which released its 2020 Streaming Video Report.

The study, which looked at 24 billion video starts and more than 6.6 billion hours of content in the US from Jan. 2018 to July 2020, found that there was indeed a hike in viewing habits in March, which coincides with the start of the pandemic. But by June, viewers started to consume less but things started heating up again in July, according to Observer.

The report noted that video completion rates, which shows if a piece of content was streamed from beginning to end, also declined since May. While the numbers are up from 2019, the tally is a bit flawed since viewers can usually skip the credits at the end of a show in order to watch another episode sooner.

Perhaps one of the most interesting tidbits from the Adobe study is that there might just be too much content available for views. Forty percent of respondents said they felt there were too many apps and video-streaming services, which made it more difficult to manage viewership. The survey, which interviewed more than 1,000 people, found that 60% of respondents subscribe between one and three services.

Cooking slows down in quarantine

The days of the sourdough-making are over.

A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Sun Basket found that cooking during COVID-19 has slowed down big-time. While the additional time afforded families to rethink takeout options and reinvest in the family dinner, 55% of Americans said that cooking during the pandemic has left them fatigued.

The study, which polled 2,000 Americans, said the average person is eating an average of nine meals a week at home. The worst part is repeated meals — the average respondent said they’ve cooked the same meal 28 times since the start of the pandemic.

It’s true: Americans were cooking more during the pandemic. One study found that more than 50% of Americans were cooking more, while 46% reported baking more frequently than ever before. But the steps beyond just cooking are wearing people out.

Forty-six percent of respondents said preparing a meal was the most fatiguing aspect of cooking, followed by cleaning up (43%), planning meals for the week (42%), and the actual cooking of the meal (35%).

Thirty-four percent said collecting ingredients got to them, while 28% got tired of waiting for food to be ready, according to the survey.

It should be interested to see how Americans’ opinions change if the anticipated second wave of COVID-19 hits as expected.