The Best Things to do During the Lockdown: Quarantine Life Causes Spike in Online Gaming

With Ireland having just returned to a full lockdown, people all around the country are looking for safe, socially distanced activities they can take part in over the coming weeks and months.

There’s no telling what the future might bring however as Taoiseach said when announcing Level 5 restrictions, we are going to be in a cycle of ‘higher and lower’ restrictions through 2021.  This makes at-home activities, such as online casinos in Ireland, more important than ever.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most popular activities people have been taking up this year.

Online Casinos

Online casinos have become more popular during quarantine as people look for ways to recreate normal life in the confines of their homes.  Online casinos aren’t a new idea, they’ve been around for almost as long as the world wide web has.  Their services has evolved over the years and they now provide a fun, safe activity that caters to many different demographics.  You may be looking to play slots, or perhaps play card games with live dealers and real opponents.  The opportunities are endless and on http://www.online-casinos.com/ireland/ you can check best online casinos Ireland.

Baking

With definite thanks to the Great British Bake-Off (known as the Great British Baking Show for our American colleagues), baking has surged in popularity since March and is showing no signs of slowing down.  Back in April, the internet was awash with recipes, videos, stories and more of everybody’s new-found obsession – banana bread.  Once primarily an American baking staple, banana bread has spread globally and it’s hard to imagine a household in Ireland hasn’t tried their hands at making a loaf of this in recent months.

Netflix

The popularity of Netflix exploded with the first lockdown back in March (the streaming service gained over 16 million new subscribers by the end of April) as viewers became hooked on unexpected blockbusters such as The Tiger King, Ozark, and Love is Blind.  Doomsday zombie shows and films also proved popular, such as 28 Days Later and World War Z.  And let’s not forget pandemic films, such as Contagion, with its eerie correlations to COVID 19.

It’s not all doom and gloom on the TV of course – highly binge watchable comedy shows have been on everybody’s to-do lists, such as Schitt’s Creek, New Girl, and Superstore.  Friends also made a comeback as viewers turned to comfort watching.

Podcasts

With so much time on everyone’s hands, it makes sense that podcasts would (some would say finally) have their time in the limelight.  Listeners have been busy downloading podcasts of all kinds, from true crime to comedy to self help and more.  Virtually every podcast network has reported a significant increase in listeners this year and it’s not hard to see why – with so much breadth and depth of content, there really is something for everyone.

Some of the most popular podcasts recently include The Friend Zone (a combination of self-help and comedy, where three friends discuss mental health and lighter topics), Crime Junkie (a true crime podcast investigating actual cases, solved and unsolved), and The Read (a weekly breakdown of all things pop culture, with a comic twist).

Delivery Boxes

Some of the most popular box deliveries this year has included Book of the Month (where users can have the latest hardbacks delivered straight to their door every month), Boxycharm (a customised beauty membership service), Dollar Shave Club (does exactly what it says on the box!), and Japan Crate (a Japanese candy box subscription service).

Zoom Happy Hours

Zoom has been one of the breakout companies of 2020.  Users went from 10 million daily meeting participants in December to 300 million in April.

One of the first big activities that everyone working from home got behind, Zoom Happy Hours have endured and are still enjoyed by as many people now as back in March.  The concept is simple – rather than going to a bar after work on a Friday with your colleagues for a couple of hours, everyone logs onto a Zoom call, drinks in hand, and toasts to another week survived.  With so many of us now having a home office setup with a webcam and microphone, this was a natural progression and a great way to keep in touch and socialise with our work friends.

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