Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Social Roles and Emotionswhile Working from Home

Publication Year: 2020 Publication Type : JournalArticle


In the opening months of 2020, COVID-19 changed the way for which people work, forcing more people to work from home. This research investigates the impact of COVID-19 on five researchers’ work and private roles, happiness, and mobile and desktop activity patterns. Desktop and smartphone application usage were gathered before and during COVID-19. Individuals’ roles and happiness were captured through experience sampling. Our analysis show that researchers tend to work more during COVID-19 resulting an imbalance of work and private roles. We also found that as working styles and patterns as well as individual behaviour changed, reported valence distribution was less varied in the later weeks of the pandemic when compared to the start. This shows a resilient adaptation to the disruption caused by the pandemic.


@article{DBLP:journals/corr/abs-2007-12353, archiveprefix = {arXiv},
    author = {Sam Nolan and Shakila Khan Rumi and Christoph Anderson and Klaus David and Flora D. Salim},
    bibsource = {dblp computer science bibliography, https://dblp.org},
    biburl = {https://dblp.org/rec/journals/corr/abs-2007-12353.bib},
    eprint = {2007.12353},
    journal = {CoRR},
    timestamp = {Wed, 29 Jul 2020 01:00:00 +0200},
    title = {Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Social Roles and Emotions while Working from Home},
    url = {https://arxiv.org/abs/2007.12353},
    volume = {abs/2007.12353},
    year = {2020}


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