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Is the Clock Ticking for TikTok?
TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing and social networking service, was released in 2016. It is available in 155 countries and has seen over two billion downloads to date. In just a few years, the app's popularity had skyrocketed to such great heights that it had become an incredibly attractive portal for users and marketers alike. In 2020, however, the tide has turned as many countries have started imposing a ban on the app. Our recent poll also addresses this issue with a simple question to 2,204 respondents 'whether they think Tik Tok should be banned in the United States or not. The majority of the respondents (38.66%) support the motion as they feel all Chinese apps should be banned. 18.97% of the users vote for a ban on the grounds of it being a waste of time and effort. On the other end exists a group of people who maintain a completely different opinion. 18.97% of them think there isn't any need to ban the app if TikTok can guarantee that the user data is not being misused. 18.51% of the respondents also oppose the ban as they feel that TikTok is an effective way to cope with the depressing times of Covid-19. 4.90% of the respondents, however, haven't heard of the app before and thus have no opinion on the issue.
The Mind-Numbing Side Effects of Covid-19
Apart from the many health concerns being talked about the coronavirus, one rarely talks about its repercussions on mental health. Being locked up in one's home is not that easy. Some people do have family they can turn to when alone, but millions of people live far away from their families. What do you do when you find yourself alone at home? What happens when you can't move out to meet your friends? It is imperative we talk about mental health in these times, and that's what we have attempted with our latest poll. We asked 2,022 respondents whether they feel Covid-19 has affected their mental health and 20.82% of them agree to the fact that they feel lonely and anxious most of the time. 26.46% of the respondents say they get really lonely sometimes, but they get over it soon. Sadly, this isn't the case for the 7.47% of the respondents who claim that they already have depression, and the pandemic has just made it worse. On a positive note, 45.25% of the respondents reveal that the pandemic has not affected their mental health in any which way, and they are perfectly fine.
A New Hobby. A New You.
Phyllis McGinley, an American author, once said: 'A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.' And we couldn't agree more. The pandemic has left us all with a lot of time on our hands, and if we use it wisely, we can make the most of it to acquire new skills. Not only will it help us pass the time but enrich our lives in ways we can't imagine. Taking this thought further, we asked 1,912 respondents whether they had picked up a new hobby recently or not. 30.07% of the respondents got their chef's hat out as they have taken up cooking and baking in their free time. 19.77% of the respondents are getting their hands dirty with gardening, and 12.60% of the respondent have started learning a musical instrument. 12.81% have initiated a new literary journey as they have begun reading novels, and 10.41% of them have set their minds on learning a new language. 14.33% of the people, however, haven't taken up a new hobby.
Masks: The Best Bet Against Coronavirus?
'Wear a mask!' can easily be the most used phrase of the year 2020. It is probably one of the things that can contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, keeping everyone safe and out of the harms way. A few people, however, do maintain a different point of view as we can spot them roaming on the streets and in markets without wearing their masks. They are either oblivious to the seriousness of the pandemic or are consciously choosing to go out without wearing one. The world is divided on the subject of wearing masks, and it became all the more important for us to conduct a poll to get a better insight into the situation. So, we carried out a poll with 1,816 respondents asking them one simple question how crucial it is to wear a mask in the battle against the coronavirus. The majority of the respondents (83.98%) stand for the motion as they think that wearing masks is a sure-shot way to curb the virus from spreading. 9.14% of the respondents oppose this view as they don't feel that masks are essential. 5.84% of the respondents don't know what to make of this situation, while a nonchalant group of people (1.05%) state that they don't really care whether people wear a mask or not. The poll reveals a divided verdict and we think until and unless we all are on the same page, it will be difficult to control the pandemic.
Dealing with the Hard Facts of the Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has hit us hard. It has not only shaken the financial and social fabric of the world but has caused devastation in the lives of millions. Very recently, the death toll of the pandemic had crossed the one million mark, and we can't imagine the impact it would have had on their friends and families. It is a void no one can ever fill. Our latest poll is also based on this same sad fact the personal loss incurred to people due to the pandemic. Out of the 1,765 people we asked, 40.89% of them have had to deal with a death due to Covid-19. 7.76% of them have lost a family member to coronavirus, while 16.66% have lost someone they knew. 15.47% of them didn't have to face the personal loss directly, but they do know of someone who has. 44.93% of the respondents haven't lost anyone in the pandemic, and 15.18% have neither lost nor know someone who has.
The Big Fat Indian (Pandemic) Wedding
Who said marriages are only made in heaven Some marriages -especially the ones in 2020 - are made in the pandemic. It has been one of the events that even the mighty pandemic couldn't stop. People are getting married, and the guests are gracing all their functions like nothing has changed. The only new addition perhaps is the designer masks in coordination with the lehenga's and sherwani's. To get a better insight into the phenomenon and see how many weddings are actually taking place, we conducted a poll with 1,921 respondents. We asked them whether they had attended any wedding after the spread of Covid-19 in their region, and 39.77% of respondents replied with a resounding yes. Out of them, 27.28% of them say they have been to one wedding since, while 12.49% of them have attended more than one wedding during the pandemic. 58.36% of the respondents, however, say they haven?t been to any wedding. They also do not know anyone who got married in these times. The poll also had a few newlywed respondents (1.87%) who revealed that their wedding actually did take place in the pandemic. And one thing's for certain it would have been a ceremony no one will ever forget!
Spill the Beans: Tea or Coffee?
Who doesn't need a daily dose of piping hot goodness to kick start the day? For some, that cup of goodness is tea and, for some, coffee. The world is divided into tea- and coffee-drinkers and their love for it runs so deep that it will be safe to call it borderline addiction. To see which side weighs more crisp tea leaves or freshly grounded coffee beans we conducted a quick survey with 1,756 people. The majority of the respondents (40.72%) say that they like both tea and coffee, but if they have to pick, they'd prefer tea more. 20.62% of the respondents are only tea-drinkers, while 16.51% of the respondents can?t live without their caffeine fix. 14.46% of the respondents don't mind tea, but at the end of the day, they would love to unwind with freshly brewed coffee only. There is also a small group of respondents comprising of 7.69% people who do not have to deal with this dilemma as they are neither fans of tea nor coffee.
Caffeine and Covid-19
As people are spending more and more time at their homes, there are bound to be changes in their lifestyles and eating habits; the primary reason being the easy access to everything. Be it in the form of munchies or caffeine our diets are no longer the same. And all this is happening without people realizing this fact. So, to bring this issue into the cognizance of the world, we conducted a poll with 1,801 respondents. We asked them a simple question of whether their caffeine intake had increased at home, to which the majority replied with an affirmative. 41.03% and 19.43% of the respondents now drink two to four cups of tea and coffee, respectively, in a day. 8.50% and 3.50% of the respondents claim that they consume more than five cups of tea and coffee, respectively, in a day. Only a small group of respondents (19.38%) seem to be conscious of their eating patterns as they keep a tab of their caffeine intake. At the other end of the spectrum lives a group of respondents (8.16%) who do not consume tea or coffee at all. It seems they are a lucky lot who needn't worry about their caffeine intake during the pandemic.
What Your Status: Signed-in or out?
Social Networking Apps have changed our lives completely, and the change is so drastic and deep-rooted that it is impossible to imagine our lives without it. Just in a span of ten to fifteen years, these apps have become so inextricably entrenched into our lives and phones that our dreams, ambitions, achievements are first updated there. To get better insights into the extent to which people have been using these social networking apps, we conducted a poll with 7,991 respondents. We asked them about their most loved app and had them pick their top three from a list of eight. The most popular out of the lot is the first-to-launch Facebook (24.49%), followed by YouTube (23.35%), and the decade-old Instagram (19.33%). These are then followed by Twitter (10.40%), LinkedIn (6.34%), Pinterest (5.61%), Snapchat (5.48%), and lastly, the controversial Tik Tok (4.99%).
How Socially Active Are You?
The big question these days is not whether you have an account on any social networking app rather what your screen time on these apps is. The magnitude of this question is such that mobile phones now come with a pre-downloaded feature of 'Digital Wellbeing' that lets you track your daily screen time. They also come with a setting, wherein they will alert you if you have been on one app for too long! So, to understand the screen time of the users better, we conducted a poll with 2,852 respondents. The majority of the users (31.59%) claim to spend more than five hours a day on their phones. 33.56% of the users spend two to five hours a day on their phones, while 17.22% of the respondents only use it for one to two hours. There is also a set of respondents (15.57%) that quite unabashedly states that they are always glued to their phones, while some (2.07%) claim that they hardly use their phones anymore.
Staying Linked-In with LinkedIn?
With one out of three professionals on the planet being on LinkedIn and the work culture shifting to work from home, we thought that a poll revolving around this app was much needed. Not only has this app kept the industry close, but it has also become a one-stop-portal to search for new jobs for professionals. And the need for such an app is so much more in the times of the pandemic where socialising for work is no more an option. It comes as a great way of staying connected with the world virtually. So, we asked 2,788 respondents how they used the LinkedIn App through the website or by downloading the app. 32.17% of the users use the app version to browse through the content, while 31.31% of the respondents use the website. 26.72% of the respondents have never used LinkedIn in their life and 9.79% of them don't know what this app is all about. It seems, therefore, that this last group employs some other means to stay linked-in with people.
Making the Most of LinkedIn
People use social networking apps for a variety of reasons. While some use it to flaunt, some use it to stalk. Some use it to update their achievements and some, to just pass their time. The reasons to use LinkedIn, however, are quite different from other social networking apps. In trying to get a better grasp of why people use LinkedIn, we conducted a quick poll with 2,747 respondents. 29.89% of them say that they use the app to find new jobs. 23.92% of the respondents use it to connect with people, while 11.07% of them use it to stay updated on the latest industry news. 3.71% of the respondents have a completely different agenda as they claim to use it for building their own brand, and 1.53% of the users say that it helps Google rank their names better. It looks like that all these users are following the wise words of Jill Rowley when she said, LinkedIn is no longer an online resume. It?s your digital reputation. And all these users efforts are driven in trying to keep a good digital reputation. 29.89% of the respondents, however, do not use LinkedIn for any reason whatsoever. They probably have other ways to stay connected with their friends and colleagues.
LinkedIn in the Lockdown
Talking about LinkedIn, Bobby Darnell, Principal of Construction Market Consultants, said, Active participation on LinkedIn is the best way to say, Look at me! without saying Look at me! It is the perfect platform for people to engage with the exact audiences they had been looking for. The app is quite popular with the professionals, and in the times of the lockdown, it came as a bright and shiny ray of hope. So, to see how popular the app really is, we asked 2,734 respondents about their frequency of use for the app. 21.21% of the respondents claim to use it once a day without fail and 13.94% of the users manage to log in more than once in a day. 22.20% use it two to three times a week, and 8.01% of the respondents even claim to use it more than five times a week. 32.44% of the respondents, however, do not use the app at all. Their PR skills perhaps are not reliant on such apps.
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