Alcohol, chocolate and porn consumption rising during pandemic

September 8, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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As your basic intuition would tell you, consumption of alcohol, chocolate and pornography have all risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research conducted by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers.

Dr Enav Friedmann

Whatever it takes to take the edge off the unending stress and uncertainty.

What is less intuitive and counter to previous crises is who is consuming what. Previously, men would be consuming alcohol and pornography, while women would be consuming chocolate.
Not so, says Dr Enav Friedmann, head of the Marketing Lab at the Department of Business Administration in the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at BGU. Dr Gil Peleg from Yeshiva University in New York and Gal Gutman, a PhD student of Dr Friedmann’s, collaborated on the study. According to their research, men and women have been consuming all three at the same rates during the current pandemic.
“Even after years of research which stressed the biological differences between the sexes, we were surprised to discover that the default choice amongst both sexes was to act similarly. The stress allows us, in effect, to see the automatic behaviour stripped of its gendered expectations,” she says. “The stress causes people to be flooded with emotions that neutralize ‘gendered consumer behaviour.’
“Our research undermines the commonly accepted perceptions of various stereotypical behaviours,” she adds.
Friedmann conducted a survey amongst 115 people from the UK (46 men and 69 women) and an additional experiment in Israel on 41 people in which special sensors that measured facial responses were also utilized.
The research is ongoing.
BGU

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One Response to “Alcohol, chocolate and porn consumption rising during pandemic”
  1. Michael Barnett says:

    It would be fascinating to know what sort of pornography each demographic was consuming, and if preferences had changed over time.

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