After a steady two months, activity jumped up at the end of March, specifically in the week of the 30th. By this point many national lockdowns had been enforced.
The topics around this time were broad, ranging from questions about the Roman Empire to the Society Union. But there was also an uptick in questions around the Spanish flu, pandemics, and quarantines.
While Covid-19-related questions have been asked on the subreddit since, they’ve by no means taken over. The increase in questions and replies relate to many different areas of historical interest.
Looking at the subreddit’s most popular questions in the most recent week, they’ve referred to PTSD during the Crusades and democracy on pirate ships. But others also reflect the events of the day, with questions about war memorials, the use of tear gas, and protests.
We’ve reported before that people are educating themselves during the pandemic. With schools and libraries closed in many places, people will turn to other learning resources available to them. Reddit is no exception.
Where the magic happens
Bedrooms are our safe havens, and that’s even more true in a pandemic.
Using our Consumer Research platform, we found there were 12% more English-language mentions of bedroom decoration in March, April, and May than there were in the three months prior. And comparing mentions in the last three months to average volumes in the same period in 2017, 2018, and 2019, conversation is up 9%.
Our private spaces have clearly become more important to us during lockdown.