When the COVID War was launched by politicians in 2020 in celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, we had warned that the socioeconomic and geopolitical consequences of the draconian lockdowns would destroy the lives and livelihoods of billions across the planet.
Now, a study out of Florida State University shed new light on how the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdowns altered personality characteristics among Americans, especially the young.
The study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, noted that it has been a long-held belief that personality traits do not get molded by environmental pressures. But the government-mandated lockdowns and social distancing rules that lasted two years was a widespread, stressful event that impacted nearly every facet of life for years.
“There was limited personality change early in the pandemic but striking changes starting in 2021,” the authors wrote. “Of most note, the personality of young adults changed the most, with marked increases in neuroticism and declines in agreeableness and conscientiousness. That is, younger adults become moodier and more prone to stress, less cooperative and trusting, and less restrained and responsible.”
The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the COVID-19 lockdowns and the incalculable impact it has had on the mental health of the young. (See “COVID WAR RAMIFICATIONS CONTINUE TO PLAY OUT” and “COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS DID IRREPARABLE DAMAGE FOR GENERATION OF STUDENTS, AS THE TRENDS JOURNAL FORECAST.”)
A recent test to assess students in the U.S. returning to school found that the scores in reading and math dropped the most in 30 years.
Scores for the math section fell by seven points, which was the first recorded decline in 50 years and reading scores also fell by five points, which EdWeek.com reported was the biggest drop since 1990. White students’ math scores fell five points while black students’ scores fell 13 points.
The Florida State University study compared personality tests from 7,109 adults who took part in an online study and looked into a five-factor model of personality traits.
The declines that were spotted are equivalent to about a decade of “normative personality change.” The study found that individuals under 30 showed a level of “disrupted maturity.”
“If these changes are enduring, this evidence suggests population-wide stressful events can slightly bend the trajectory of personality, especially in younger adults,” the study’s authors wrote.
Angelina Sutin, an assistant professor of behavioral sciences and social medicine at the Florida State University College of Medicine, noted that the personality shift seemed most apparent in the second half of the outbreak.
Researchers looked at personality traits at the beginning of the outbreak and then the later stages and found declines in extroversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness—especially for young adults.
Sutin said there seemed to be a “real coming together: in the first year, but by the second year, with all of that support falling away and then the open hostility and social upheaval around restrictions…all the collective good will that we had, we lost, and that might have been very significant for personality,” she said, according to NPR.
TRENDPOST: The authors of the study do a good job in blaming the “pandemic” and “outbreak” for its impact on personality traits, and not the true culprit… the politicians who imposed ineffective lockdowns and social distancing rules that did nothing to even slow the spread of the virus.
Subscribers to this magazine are fully aware of the detrimental effect that these lockdowns have had on the mental and physical health of Americans.
(See “CRUCIAL COVID DATA IGNORED BY PRESSTITUTES” 14 Dec 2021, “MISMANAGING A PANDEMIC: FAILURES IN THE COVID-19 NARRATIVE” 9 Aug 2022, “MORE EVIDENCE KIDS DON’T SPREAD COVID TO ADULTS” 17 Nov 2020 and “SCHOOL LOCKDOWNS KILLING STUDENTS” 2 Feb 2021.)
It was all in the name of “science,” and who are we to question science? Politicians and “health officials” will keep their jobs and it could take a generation to see the true impact of these lockdowns.