Americans with More Laid-Back Personalities Are Adjusting Better to the Pandemic, According to a Study

Those who are more laid-back are adjusting better to quarantine life — and are more optimistic overall, new research found.

The survey of 2,000 Americans — split by those who move slowly, versus those who do things quickly — found respondents who take their time could not only adapt more easily to life at home (38 percent vs. 25 percent), but they were also more likely to see the bright side of situations.

Conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by Crockpot, the survey looked at a variety of personality differences between the two groups.

Results revealed those who take their time were more likely to consider themselves introverts, while those who move quickly identified most commonly as ambiverts.

The survey also delved into each group's hobbies, and revealed fast-moving respondents were more likely to enjoy outdoorsy hobbies like gardening and hiking or camping.

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While those who prefer to move slowly were more likely to enjoy hobbies like knitting or sewing, as well as baking.

The results also found some hobbies to be well-liked, regardless of their pace in life: 44 percent of each group selected cooking as one of their hobbies.

Enjoying to cook wasn't the only thing respondents had in common: of all respondents, 71 percent said they use food and cooking as a way to connect with people.

As a result, they're also improving their cooking skills (67 percent), with slower-moving respondents more likely to agree their kitchen skills have improved during 2020 (71 percent vs. 55 percent).

Unfortunately, not everyone has time to enjoy hobbies, like cooking, and fast-moving respondents were less likely to feel like they had enough time in their day for self-care and hobbies — 73 percent, versus 82 percent of their slow-moving counterparts.

When looking at differences between the two groups, the survey also found those who move slowly were more likely to take daily naps (27 percent vs. 19 percent) — and they were also more likely to be health-conscious (38 percent vs. 29 percent).

Interestingly enough, those who take their time were also more likely to report thriving under pressure, at 71 percent vs. 58 percent.

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