By SWNS Staff

Americans have met an average of 10 new people online during their time in self-isolation, according to new research.

The survey asked 2,000 Americans about their digital communication habits while they’ve been sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forty-four percent of respondents shared they’ve webcammed with a stranger for the first time during COVID-19.

And of those surveyed who have visited a webcamming site, 45% do so for just that reason – just to meet new people.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Jasmin, the survey also found that 73% of respondents shared they crave emotional intimacy more than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Another 67% of those surveyed shared they’ve struggled to socialize and communicate during their time in self-isolation.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents also shared they’ve felt increased feelings of loneliness and anxiety.

Common ways respondents are combatting their feelings of loneliness during lockdown included cleaning their homes, cooking and baking, meditating and binge-watching a TV show.

Three in 10 respondents are also video calling friends and family and another 36% are texting and 34% are picking up the phone to call.

But of all modes of digital communication, 61% of respondents also shared that they prefer video calls because they’re more intimate.

Video calls can get dicey, however, as respondents shared they’ve experienced their fair share of embarrassing moments.

One in five respondents shared they’ve had someone walk in the background of a video call naked.

Another 15% of those surveyed have either been caught talking to their pets or yelling at their children while on a video call.

Eleven percent of respondents have even been caught day drinking and 18% of respondents shared they’ve been caught on a video call not wearing pants.

Other ways respondents are trying to stay positive during lockdown included cleaning their homes, cooking and baking, meditating and binge-watching a TV show.

[Jasmin quote about the importance of staying positive and finding solutions that work for you]

Twenty-two percent of those surveyed said they’re also connecting with people on social media to feel less lonely.

Another two in 10 respondents said they’ve visited or watched a live streaming site to boost their moods.

[Jasmin quote about utilizing the internet to meet new people and friends, especially during times of stress]


  1. Talked for a while before realizing I was on mute                       31%
  2. Forgot to mute myself and said something embarrassing          29%
  3. Had someone enter the room and interrupt the video call          27%
  4. Forgot my camera was still on when I went to the bathroom      22%
  5. Had someone walk in the background nude                               20%
  6. Wasn’t wearing pants and didn’t realize everyone could see     18%
  7. Had someone do something embarrassing in the background  18%
  8. Forgot to mute myself before taking a screenshot of the call     16%
  9. Got caught talking to my pets                                                     15%
  10. Yelled at my children without muting myself                               15%
  11. Forgot to change the background image                                    13%
  12. Got caught day drinking                                                              11%
  13. Fell asleep                                                                                     9%



  1. Exercise                                                                                             51%
  2. Watch movies                                                                                    41%
  3. Text friends/family                                                                             36%
  4. Call friends/family over the phone                                                     34%
  5. Clean my home                                                                                 34%
  6. Cook/bake                                                                                         34%
  7. Meditate                                                                                            32%
  8. Binge-watch a TV show                                                                    31%
  9. Video call friends/family                                                                    30%
  10. Have sex                                                                                           28%
  11. Read                                                                                                 28%
  12. Learn a new skill                                                                               28%
  13. Reorganize my home                                                                        25%
  14. Masturbate                                                                                        23%
  15. Connect with people through social media                                       22%
  16. Have an alcoholic beverage                                                              21%
  17. Watch online webcamming/live streaming sites                                21%
  18. Utilize online webcamming/live streaming sites to meet people       18%
  19. Attend a virtual event                                                                        16%
  20. Host a live streaming event                                                               11%

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