DIY has seen a real uptick since the beginning of April, and continues to keep going steadily. After spending a few weeks at home, that wonky shelf or patchy wall seems to have gotten on our nerves enough to do something about it. The upward trend may also be down to sourcing materials – it can take a while to get our hands on what we need right now.
Baking sourdough is one of the most interesting ‘quarantine fads’, and we’ve found thousands of people talking about it. It lends itself to the free time some now have – making it involves a sourdough starter, which takes five days of attention to create before you even start baking. If you’re working from home, that becomes a much easier task to keep on top of.
TikTok has had a fairly steady amount of conversation throughout March and April, and popularity of the app is booming. With plenty of time to create and scroll through content, it’s no wonder, and we’ve seen plenty of videos from TikTok take off on other platforms, too.
Learning a language has also seen steady mentions online. In the month of March, we found that Spanish and French were the most popular languages people were talking about learning. (Note: This conversation was English-speaking).
Home gyms: Just as we quickly drop New Year resolutions, so too do we brush off lockdown exercise routines, and it seems like home gym excitement is dying off fast. Having said that, we’ve recently reported on the rise of interest in running challenges, so maybe we’re being too pessimistic here. It could be that people are abandoning their home setups to get some fresh air instead.
Finding inner peace
Also among the most popular ‘how to’ articles in March was ‘how to protect your mental health’.
There are two sides to the hobbies and skills chatter online – there’s stuff you can learn how to do in order to achieve something in lockdown, but there’s also working on your own mental health.