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    Yahoo Finance | Tiffany Kary | 9/8/20 | 6 min
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    • normanbae
      2 months ago

      The poll of 2,200 U.S. residents in late June showed that a third of Americans grew herbs and vegetables and did their own sewing and clothing repairs. Equally significant, 60% of Americans expect in a fully reopened economy to do more for themselves, instead of paying for services.

    • bartadamley
      2 months ago

      “It’s a way for me to seek refuge from external events I can’t control,” said Elshiekh, who is also cutting his hair and baking bread.

      The emphasis on all of these externalities occurring to us... is shifting our collective mindset. To realize the things we actually do not know how to do around the house, to shift us all into DIYers or as the author called this new generation 'hipsteaders'. Because having control over things feels good! Especially, when we know we have done something well... there is just that inherent satisfaction once we complete a task and or fix something.

      Because there is only so much we can control. I am curious of the trend(s) also occuring online, to realize that us humans want to take back control from AI-curated interfaces to human-curated interfaces.

      As Jeff said, "a bit of a silver lining" indeed!

    • jbuchana2 months ago

      Interesting. Sales at the tool store I work at went way up during the shutdown and have stayed up, but not as far up, since we reopened a few months ago. Still, things are closer around here (North Central Indiana)to what they've always been than this article and others I've read report about other areas. Perhaps people around here were already more into DIY and thus haven't changed their habits as much? Could be. Or it could be that people around here don't seem nearly as worried about the pandemic as other areas? Latest records show that about 2% of the local population have had the virus, so you'd think people would take it more seriously, but they don't.

    • jeff
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      2 months ago

      A bit of a silver lining!

      And a “psychology of abundance” doesn’t easily return after a trauma, according to Ian Bell, a consumer researcher with Euromonitor International.

      Makes me think of how the great depression left its mark on the generations that lived through it. I've also read though that there wasn't nearly as much of an effect after the 1918 pandemic. It'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.