“The laziness epidemic” takes hold of France – study – RT World News
The trauma of the Covid closures has left many French people reluctant to leave their homes, feeling tired and less motivated at work
Laziness regularly prevents almost half of the French population from leaving their homes, a new study reveals. The « laziness epidemic » which affects around 45% of the population, is a direct result of Covid lockdowns, researchers say.
“This laziness to leave home particularly affects the middle age groups: 52% among 25-34 year olds and 53% among 35-49 year olds, against only 33% among those aged 65 and over. according to the study by the International Market Research Group (IFOP) and the think tank of the Jean-Jaures Foundation.
The survey, which was published last week, revealed that « the couch call seems to be very powerful, » and the word « bed » had positive connotations for 74% of respondents.
According to research, the pandemic and strict lockdowns have had « a profound impact » on the attitude of the French towards work, family life, free time and personal space. Some 37% of respondents say they are less motivated than before in their work and 41% complain of feeling more tired.
The increase in fatigue seems to occur independently of sex, age, social origin and location and « affects the morale of the population », according to research.
From a historical point of view, the attitude of the French towards “work-life balance” has changed even more radically, the study shows. In 1990, 60% of French people believed that work was « Very important, » compared to only 24% in 2021. In 1953, 54% of employed adults felt they had a good work-life balance. Now only 39% think this is the case, while 48% of respondents « consider themselves losers ».
This « movement of tectonic plates » as the study says, has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, but its origins are linked to the « devaluation of certain commercial experiments. » Regular layoffs of long-term staff and management focusing only on financial success « changed the relationship » between employers and employees, says the research.
Some 1,001 French adults took part in the research, which was conducted online between September 1 and 2.
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