Activity then nosedived later in 2020. We cannot be 100% on the cause, but we assume disruptions in supply and people socializing less in person due to Covid likely played a part.
The r/Mycology subreddit also saw activity rise over the years, although at a slower pace. It also saw a jump as the pandemic began but, unlike on r/Shrooms, activity peaked later in the year.
2021: The mushroom year
Many pandemic hobbies have since died off, or at least don’t see the interest they did back in 2020. That’s not the case here. Clearly something is making people stick with mushrooms.
Obviously there is the seasonal impact, but both subreddits have seen new peaks this year. Why?
For r/Shrooms, this is likely driven not only by the interest around mental health, a topic that came into sharp focus during the pandemic, but also by people feeling more comfortable socializing in person again. It would make sense that a lot of people are wanting to talk about an activity they’ve had little chance to indulge in for a while.
For r/Mycology, where the 2021 jump has been very high, there must be something else going on. There are a few possible factors. One again links to last week’s bulletin and cottagecore, which highlighted a growing interest in nature. Another factor is that the idea of wandering a damp forest documenting and collecting mushrooms is just more popular after Covid.
Backing this up, we found that interest in foraging has peaked in 2021. And the biggest topic in this conversation? Collecting mushrooms.