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Did the pandemic change your personality? Possibly.

By Christine Chung

22 Oct 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Covid reshaped the way we work, how we connect with others and even the way we navigate our daily existence. Could it have reshaped our personalities too? One group of researchers believe so.

Whether it was attending school lectures, making memorable first impressions at that first office job or packing the floor at a concert, many of the social rituals that had been rites of passage for young people were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, a recent study of people’s personalities suggests that the isolation of pandemic restrictions has not only reshaped the way we work and connect with others, but has also redrawn the way we are. The study found some of the most pronounced effects among young adults.

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