Digital Trends during COVID-19


  • Gábor Petneházi University of Debrecen


COVID-19, digital technology


Digital technology has an important role in mitigating the adverse effects of social distancing measures on the economy. Locked up at home, society faces new challenges. We need to find new ways to learn, to work, to meet our needs. The internet helps during these unprecedented times. Online tools have received extra load and extra attention during COVID-19, and they have worked very hard to keep the economy running. The aim of this study is to analyze online trends during the epidemic. Specifically, the study examines the interest of internet users (that is, search volumes and online encyclopedia views) in certain online services that may be given increased attention during social distancing. Changepoints in the trends are identified, and correlations with the spread of the virus and with the performance of the stock market are reported. The results show that COVID-19 generally implied a high volatility in interests, however, the patterns of the trends vary.


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