Who stock up on toilet paper the most?

2022-09-22 0 By

According to a study published in the open-access journal PLOS One, people who are more emotionally and conscientiously fearful of the threat of COVID-19 are more likely to hoard toilet paper.Photo source:The authors are Lisa Garbe of the University of Saint Gallen in Switzerland and Richard Wilhelms-Universitat Munster in GermanyRau and Theo Toppe of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.In March 2020, with the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Europe and North America, many people started stocking up on everyday items, including toilet paper.Some companies are reporting 700% increases in toilet paper sales, despite repeated government calls not to “panic buy.”For the new study, researchers surveyed 1,029 adults from 35 countries, recruited through social media.From March 23 to March 29, 2020, survey participants completed a simplified Version of the HEXACO Personality Inventory, which evaluates six major personality traits, and shared information with the research team about demographics, perceived COVID-19 threat, home quarantine behavior, and toilet paper consumption in recent weeks.The strongest predictor of toilet paper hoarding was perceived pandemic threat, with people who were more fearful of the virus more likely to buy more toilet paper.This response is partly related to emotionality. People with higher emotional levels tend to be more thoughtful and anxious, so they are more likely to feel threatened and hoard toilet paper.The other personality dimension, conscientiousness, including traits such as organization, diligence, perfectionism and prudence, was also a valid factor in predicting hoarding behavior (p = 0.048).The team also found that older people hoarded more toilet paper than younger people, and that Americans hoarded more than Europeans.But the researchers note that the variables studied explained only 12 percent of the variability in toilet paper hoarding behavior, suggesting that there are likely some psychological explanations and situational factors that have not been taken into account.The authors add: “Subjective threat perception of COVID-19 appears to be an important trigger of toilet paper hoarding behaviour.However, we are still far from fully understanding this phenomenon.”This article is from: China Digital Science and Technology Museum