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Lockdown might have been largely terrible so far, but it has been good for one purpose: cultivating weird habits and obsessions away from the prying eyes of friends, colleagues and busybodies. We’ve got the time, we’ve got the privacy and we’re all craving consistent things in our lives to cling on to: it’s a perfect storm.
In the old world, staying up every night to, say, watch all of Trinny Woodall’s Instagram videos from the past 18 months, would have been perceived as ‘worrying’ behaviour. If you started talking to a neighbour’s cat every day and got sad when it wasn’t at the window? A reason for ‘concern’. But now that’s all changed. For a start, nobody ever asks you what you’ve been up to anymore, and if they did, they’d be too busy thinking about the imminent financial crisis to really listen to your reply.
It’s high time we were all shamed for our transition into horrendous kooks. So, we asked Time Out staffers to reveal the odd habits and interests that they’re clinging on to in lockdown. Turns out they’re all pretty suspect. But, hey, there’s no judgement here. We just know who we’ll be avoiding in the kitchen when we return to the office.
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