Sex. Dining. Entertainment.
These are the three main activities Singaporeans are possibly partaking in while their time until the recently imposed Circuit Breaker to end.
The measure by the Singaporean government to flatten the coronavirus curve went into effect on April 7 and will run until May 4.
As 5.6 million dwellers of Lion City remain indoors, away from the virus which is also called COVID-19, there’s been some trends on the items they’ve been searching online.
Southeast Asian meta-search website operator, iPrice Group released their findings and boy, some of the searches were rather surprising to a certain extent.
Condoms were on the list.
While healthcare products such as vitamin C, face masks, and hand sanitizers dominated the majority of the searches, condoms were searched 67 percent more frequently in the week of March 23.
iPrice believes that the searches possibly spiked as many Singaporeans feared that condoms would run out of stock because of the recent closure of condom manufacturing plants.
In a way, it’s good to know that some Singaporeans have got their priorities sorted.
Cooking and food-related items.
As expected, searches for cooking equipment: The likes of cookware, dish racks, and rice dispensers, also rose to 57 percent.
Searches for home appliances such as freezers spiked by a whopping 252 percent because hey, you need them to store all those food items.
Coffee and beers are a must.
How do you get through the COVID-19 pandemic and still keep your sanity in one piece?
By making yourself a hot steamy cup of coffee, of course! Beers come in super handy during virtual drinking sessions.
So it was not surprising that searches for coffee increased by 107 percent and alcohol by 47 percent.
Home office items.
As Singaporeans braced the reality of working from home, many began searching for electronics such as webcams, Wi-Fi routers, printers, and keyboards.
iPrice recorded a 137 percent spike in keyboard searches, 99 percent for Wi-Fi routers, 85 percent for webcams, and 67 percent for printers.
All of these are essential gadgets to work from home.
Let’s not forget about gaming.
While some Singaporeans will be working from home, for gamers, this just means one thing: More gaming.
So it was no surprise that searches for the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4 rose. While the Switch garnered a 57 percent increase in searches, the stats for Sony’s flagship console raised our eyebrows.
Searches for the Playstation 4 rose by a whopping 713 percent!
How was this data collected?
iPrice said that the data was obtained by aggregating the thousands of product pages of over 150 online merchants.
Data on the increase in searches were analysed by comparing the impressions data recorded from February 1 to March 31, 2020 as compared to December 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020,” a statement on iPrice’s website reads.
This also indicates that Singaporeans are taking the Circuit Breaker measures seriously. Stay safe and sane, Singapore!