In response to the open question of what would be the first thing to do after the end of the pandemic, it is clear that the longing for vacation and social contacts is enormous. Many different aspects are mentioned, but one in four Austrians aged 16 and over spontaneously names the intention to travel as the first action, i.e. the first aspect that comes to mind.

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There is a clear trend: Since 2000, the number of daily internet users has more than quadrupled, the number of intensive social media users has more than sevenfold over the past 13 years. Overall, more than half of Austrians aged 14 and over are already active in Web 2.0, the group of Internet ascetics continues to decline. The virtual world has led to a division of Austrian society into four types of communication, with the columns primarily along the age segments.

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As already explained in the last IMAS report on the New Year's mood, there is a particularly worried view of the coming months. The Corona crisis dominates our basic mood, both in a positive and a negative sense.

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Exactly one year ago, the Austrians were more confident than they have been for a long time, the population has not been so optimistic about the coming year since 1989. This has now changed fundamentally: The pandemic shows the clearest shift in the basic mood since the first empirical measurement of the New Year's mood in 1972. Within one year, i.e. from 2019 to 2020, the confidence lost 32 percentage points (from 60% to 28%), the worry lines deepened by 28 percentage points (from 10% to 38%) and the skepticism increased by eight percentage points.

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The biggest concerns of Mr. and Mrs. Austria in the current pandemic are, in addition to economic uncertainty, the risk of infection and emotional stress, the imminent negative changes in society. Women are more worried here than men. Younger people under the age of 35 are particularly concerned about loss of income. The stage of life decides the depth of the worry lines.

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