As people ease off their couches and back to office desks after a two-year hiatus, there’s a lot to get used to.
The internet has become even more essential, for commerce, communication and entertainment. Social media platforms such as TikTok and OnlyFans saw jumps in viewership. Remote workers left city apartments to rent houses in scenic destinations. But settling into Zoom calls meant travel suffered—public transit and airlines sat barren while e-commerce and grocery-delivery services became more popular.
The following charts show how some pandemic habits have reversed as life edges toward normalcy. More businesses and schools have reopened. Conferences like South by Southwest and EthDenver were hosted in person in 2022, after a two-year pause in large gatherings. At the same time, some pandemic-era trends, like telehealth and food delivery, appear to be here to stay.