The corona crisis is changing leisure behavior

Rico is two and a half and is fed regularly. He’s not fluffy. But it does what it should: it loosens up.

Rico is a leaven. He and his fellows are increasingly needed in Germany’s kitchens. Because when you are at home during the Corona crisis, some jobs suddenly make it big.

baking bread

When the Yeast Industry Association feels the need to announce that Germany’s yeast supply is secure, then you know: People are serious.

They buy lots of yeast, plus lots of flour, and bake. Her own bread, for example. Search queries on Google for “baking bread” have risen sharply over the course of five years since the beginning of March.

Of course, there could be a very practical consideration behind this: If you have to be quarantined at home, you can use flour and yeast or sourdough to provide yourself with bread at home.

By the way: Sourdough Rico can be found in an online exchange. There, newbies can look around for a sourdough approach for their bread-baking start.

But maybe baking is exactly what many people need in the current situation: a well-manageable project with a meaningful result.

“Right from the start, you have a clear goal in mind that you can look forward to,” says psychologist Julia Krasko from the Ruhr University in Bochum, who is primarily concerned with well-being and happiness.


“The calming and measurable illusion of order that the brain clears up for other crap.” This is how a Twitter user describes what puzzles mean to her.

It is like “” meditation with the satisfying feeling of having achieved something every time a suitable part is discovered, “says another.

Some are currently digging their old 2000-piece puzzles out of the closet. But many are also rediscovering searching and putting together in a completely new way.

According to surveys by Google Trends, the level of interest in the past few weeks has never been greater in the past five years. Almost everything is sold out, complains many a blocked puzzler on the net.

Even at Germany’s largest provider, Ravensburger, the demand in the company’s own online shop is currently many times greater than normal. Particularly in demand: puzzles for adults with 1000 pieces.

Psychologist Krasko explains what could be behind the particle fever: An action that you can handle, but which is not too simple, is very satisfying.

“You are one with the activity, you get into a state of flow.” After that you have positive feelings, says the scientist.


Newbies are just reaching for a needle for a special item of clothing: the mask. The mouth and nose protection is designed to catch the largest droplets and thus reduce the risk of infection for others. Virologist Christian Drosten evaluates wearing in public as a “gesture, signal, as courtesy”.

So there are two positive effects for the new sewers: They acquire a new ability and they demonstrate solidarity.

In the meantime, the instructions for masks are piling up online – as are pictures of self-sewn copies. And there is also a lot of recognition.

Psychologist Krasko says: Sharing on social networks can also “convey the good feeling of being in the same boat”.