The Pandemic May Have Changed Your Personality Forever

The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed people’s personalities, according to new research. Although the global health crisis only started in 2020, a team from the Florida State University College of Medicine says the changes are equivalent to how a person’s personality changes normally over a 10-year period.

Previous studies have generally found no association between stressful events affecting many people, such as earthquakes and hurricanes, and personality change. However, since the pandemic affected the entire world and almost every aspect of life, researchers believe it has changed the way we think, feel, and behave. The authors add that younger adults have been most affected and have become more neurotic, more prone to stress, and less cooperative.