The Live, the Lonely and the Lockdown explores how loneliness and lockdowns go hand in hand. As our social lives become restricted to our rooms and the technology that we have available to us, it can be daunting to face months of isolation and the prospect of less intimacy with others.
With fewer chances to cherish our hobbies, the clubs we once congregated with and even the people we work with, it can lead to us all feeling much lonelier during these times.
Coping mechanisms of all shapes, sizes and severities have come to the forefront of our nation. But there’s one coping mechanism that young people seem to have flocked to.
Twitch’s audience numbers from the beginning of the UK’s lockdown trilogy in March 2020, to its end, have doubled from 3.4 million to 6.8 million. I wanted to explore the effects that Twitch is having on this audience during lockdowns.