With the San Francisco Bay Area, including Silicon Valley, on its third week of self-quarantine, and facing at least another month of being stuck in near-lockdown at home, habits have changed.
Internet use has jumped by roughly 40 per cent, with millions working from home, where possible, and using video-conferencing to get their jobs done and stay in touch. But an even greater shift has happened around how people are coping with isolation, namely by getting off their heads.
Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use
Techies, non-techies respond to COVID-19 by self-medicating at home