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How does the coronavirus affect daily life?

  • March 25, 2020

The TOR research group has been conducting time-use research since 1982. Together with hbits, a Vrije Universiteit Brussel spin-off, TOR launches the time-use survey to map out the consequences of the corona crisis on daily life. What has changed, how do we adapt and what long-term effects can this have?

The study is available in Dutch, English and French. You can find the survey on


2,675 people filled in a preliminary questionnaire, and 633 respondents completed a diary for at least one full day, resulting in time-use data for a total of 3,352 days. Respondents were asked to register every activity they did over a period of seven days, noting the start and end time. After every registered activity, a number of contextual questions were asked. This gave respondents the opportunity to indicate if they spoke with someone during this activity via telephone or a video conversation (eg Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom…)

Anais Glorieux: “We analysed how telephone and virtual contact have gained a place in our daily lives. It’s noticeable that the over-70s have easily bridged the quarantine through contacts via phone and video chat.”

Read more on VUB Today , De Standaard, HLN.