How will COVID-19 change our behavior?

Posted at 3:14 PM, Apr 01, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There is no doubt that we are facing tough times right now. But one day this virus will be behind us.

How will it change how we go about our days going forward?

Vanderbilt professor Nicole Cobb says we may see some of our behaviors change like they did after the Great Depression.

Those who grew up during that time adopted specific behaviors because of that experience, like a focus on saving money and being sure not to waste any food.

That's an attitude Cobb says this generation may also now carry forward, because of their recent experiences at supermarkets.

"This is the first time in their lifetime that they’ve walked in a grocery store and couldn’t just find any product they wanted, thinking about what is local, in season, not wasting things," Cobb said. "Because now you can’t always go the next day, and bananas will be in the produce section."

Cobb says many millennials have been focused on ways to help throughout the coronavirus crisis.

And perhaps ironically, for a generation glued to their phones -- especially in this new world of social distancing -- Cobb says this experience may make us all more aware of how connected we all truly are.

"I do think as I’ve been talking to young people, they’re very aware that the world is bigger than what they imagined before the coronavirus," Cobb said.