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Survey shows Americans previously took time with loved ones for granted before the COVID-19 pandemic

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(NEW YORK) — A new survey shows that while Americans have been feeling isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re doing their best to maintain a positive mindset. 

In an unscientific survey hosted by digital photo frame company Nixplay, 2,000 American adults were asked a series of questions relating to their COVID-19 habits and state of mental health.

Of this focus group, 61 percent revealed that they took the time spent with loved ones before the pandemic hit for granted, while 77 percent say they’ve missed a special event or milestone such as a birthday, wedding or graduation due to the pandemic.

Among the top emotions felt with having to miss these special events include disappoint, depression and anger, with 23 percent of respondents stating they actually felt relieved. 

Additionally, 59 percent say that they have broken social distancing rules in order to see a loved one in-person. 

“I have chosen to get together with loved ones because the risk to mine and my family’s health from COVID-19 is quite low and I benefit emotionally from interacting with my loved ones” and “I distanced for many months, until I felt that it was impeding severely on some of my family members mental health” were among the reasons why respondents chose to break quarantine guidelines for in-person contact. 

In spite of the difficult circumstances, a high level of the respondents say that they are trying to keep a positive outlook, with 62 percent stating that they’re trying to make the best of the situation and not allow themselves to be overcome by factors they can’t control.

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