5 major trends that are being accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic

A woman works in a house while workers are forced to work from home and demand payback for extra home office costs during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sassenheim, Netherlands.

COVID-19 has changed many ways of working and living across the globe. Image: Reuters/Eva Plevier

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Daily hours spent with digital media
44% of people under the age of 18 now report four hours or more of screen time per day. Image: eMarketer, Stream hatchet, Statista, Nielson
Year over year increase in video game sales across the US.
April saw nearly a 75% growth in annual monthly sales from the previous year. Image: NPD Group
International peak traffic growth 2019 to 2020.
Latin America has seen a 51% growth in internet traffic. Image: TeleGeography
Changing behaviours with how consumers are making purchases
78% of consumers made their most recent payment using an online wallet. Image: Cappemini, PYMNTS
Amazon subscription revenue and click-to-door times for online orders for Amazon and other online retailers.
Amazon's subscription revenue reached $6.6B in Q3 of 2020. Image: Cappemini, PYMNTS
E-commerce penetration following COVID-19.
E-commerce saw a 12% increase in e-commerce penetration following COVID-19. Image: Global X ETFs, US census Bureau, Adobe.
Global trade as A% of GDP
The long-term effects of COVID-19 on global trade are still unknown. Image: Kuznetsov, 2019
Globalization can be described as having four distinct pillars.
The four distinct pillars of globalization are Trade, Capital, Information and People Image: DHL Global Connectedness Index, 2019
Merchandise trade - Is history a guide?
The drop in merchandise trade following COVID-19 looks scarily similar to the financial crisis. Image: World Trade Organisation
The top 10 billionaires' wealth vs country GDP.
The combined wealth of the top 10 billionaires amounts to nearly $800B? Image: Forbes, IMF
COVID-19's financial impact by generation.
COVID-19 has been found to have a 'major impact' on 39% of millennials. Image: Morning Consult
Cumulative net worth of billionaires (U.S.)
The cumulative net worth of billionaires is expected to reach Image: Bloomberg Billionaires Index
Aligned interests in the workplace
98% of employees would like to work remotely at least some of the time for the rest of their careers. Image: Gartner, Buffer
Migration from major urban areas
111,000 people have moved away from Manhattan, New York. Image: MYMOVE analysis of USPS data, circa Oct 2020
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