Millions of Americans are currently under lockdown due to the coronavirus, forcing them to turn to internet in order to escape their solitude.
An analysis of usage in the US, conducted by the New York Times, reveals how the pandemic has changed online behaviors as people are using desktops, video conferencing more and turning to gaming while being forced to stay at home.
One of the biggest shifts has been from a smartphone to a computer, as popular websites, such as Facebook and Netflix, have seen a drop in app use and an uptick in URL traffic.
With many practice social distances, as recommended from the CDC, applications like Duo and Houseparty have become more popular, allowing them to connect with others in a single video chat and play games together.
Around 245 million Americans are under some kind of stay at home policy as the outbreak has infected over 368,000 people and killed more than 12,000 in the country.
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One of the biggest shifts has been from a smartphone to a computer, as popular websites, such as Facebook and Netflix, have seen a drop in app use and an uptick in URL traffic
Apps like Google Duo, Nextdoor and Houseparty, saw an increase in downloads – all of which allow users to video chat while playing games with others. Video games have also become more popular since major-league sports have been canceled until further notice
The New York Times conducted an analysis of internet usage in the US from SimilarWeb and Apptopia to investigate how the outbreak has affected people’s online behavior.
The data reveals that starting in mid-March Facebook, Netflix and YouTube saw usage drop in their apps, but an increase of traffic to their online sites.
The report suggests that the shift could be due to the fact that people are spending more time online for entertainment and prefer to look at a larger screen, compared to their hand-held smartphones.
It may not come a surprise to many that there has been an increase in video chatting application, as