My listening went through the roof for the first few months of COVID shutdown thanks to needing 1-2 hour long walks to get out of the house (often finishing YEARS worth of show backlogs within a few weeks). My listening is now the same as it was pre-shutdown, now around 2 hours a day, mostly in the background as I work.
Decreased, but not because of any life-changing event. I go in phases with podcasts and tend to get sick of all of them at some point and take a break. Apple-centric podcasts I have really cut back on because I feel they are all just repeating the same stuff, same people, same opinions, same stories, etc.
Outside of the Apple stuff, I just don’t find a lot that I like. So much over-produced ad-ridden stuff out there now.
In my old role and company I was travelling between 1:45 and 2 hours a day and commuting 5 days a week. I’d done that for over 17 years with one day WFH every 2 or 3 weeks. To be honest, I really love driving, my company provided me a car after the first 2 years and podcasts are good company so I enjoyed the break between work and home.
In my new role I do 2 days a week at home and then 3 days a week in the office with an average of 1:30 a day spent commuting.
I had to chop some podcasts as they reallllly started backing up.
I do still listen to Podcasts, but I primarily listened on my commute - several hours a week which ceased with the first lockdown here in the UK.
I’ll be returning to them soon as my commute restarts (although I must confess to being a little bored with most of my selections and going for audio books instead - especially since Audible has so many now included in the membership fee).
Mine increased, but not related to COVID. Daughter started school this year, so went from driving her to daycare & listening to Disney soundtracks on repeat to walking her to school and then getting to choose my own music in the car on the way to work!
interetting. In my own case I am not sure how related to Covid it was though. I really don’t feel I have enough self insight to be sure. It has increased a lot over the last two years: it seems to me that that is because there are a lot more podcasts of interest to me which are more than chitter chatter if I can put it that way.