Almost 9 in 10 parents find practising several hobbies important

January 26th 2020

Lack of public restrooms puts a damper on outdoor activities for participants of the Big Corona Study 

Half of children practice at least two group activity hobbies. Their parents also feel it’s important for them to be able to continue these activities. This and much more was found in UAntwerp’s Big Corona Study. 

Tuesday saw the 29th wave of the Big Corona Study. Once again, 20,500 people participated in the large-scale questionnaire, an initiative of UAntwerp, in cooperation with UHasselt, KU Leuven, ULB and supported by a financial boost from the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). As always, the analysis of the massive amount of data yields some interesting findings.  

A first look: 

  • In the fight against the virus, new rules for extracurricular activities have come into force. For example, children are only allowed to practice one hobby. According to parents, 82% practice at least one group activity; 51% practice at least two group activity hobbies. 87% of parents say it’s important to very important that their child can continue all extracurricular activities.  

  • Outdoor activities are highly encouraged, as the risk of transmission is much lower then. Participants of the Big Corona Study cite two main reasons for not going outside: the cold/wet weather and the lack of public restrooms. Bad weather is a deal breaker for 69% of 18–35 year olds, the lack of restrooms spoils the fun for 47% of women.  

  • For many students, next week is a holiday week: traditionally the moment to ski off exam stress. 69% of students say they will not do anything special during the week with no classes. Less than 1% say they are going to make a trip abroad, 11% want to take a break in their own country.  

  • The order of getting vaccinated is a hot topic, and will remain so for some time. Of participants in the Big Corona Study, over 8 out of 10 agree with the current priority list (residents and staff of residential care homes, medical staff first). Participants then clearly prefer paramedics, police and fire brigades, and teachers to be vaccinated. Biomedical researchers, 50–64 year-olds and hairdressers follow. Respondents would let the 19–30 year-olds go before the 31–40 year-olds.