Americans have become increasingly nostalgic during 2020 and are using these tools to reminisce

Seven in 10 Americans said quarantine has made them more nostalgic than they've ever been before, according to a new study. The survey of 2,000 Americans found the average respondent has rewatched 30 TV episodes and 14 movies since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with "Seinfeld," "Game of Thrones," "Jurassic Park" and the Indiana Jones franchise among the top titles respondents have viewed. Results also revealed that, according to respondents, their quarantine nostalgia peaked in May 2020. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Canvaspop, the survey explored the ways respondents were taking their reminiscing to the next level while at home. Favorite entertainment from years past is far from the only thing respondents have been reminiscing about during this time. Traveling (30%), seeing extended family more easily (29%) and milestone events like weddings (17%) top the list of what respondents missed most from life pre-pandemic. This could help to explain the uptick in sentimental decor overhauls since the start of the pandemic, as over half of respondents (67%) said their nostalgia has even motivated them to redecorate. When it came to ways respondents are changing up their space, wall art (30%), as well as furniture and decor (28%) inspired by a past trip or event, were common. Other popular interior upgrades included high-quality prints of personal photos (23%) and decor themed to favorite old movies or TV shows (21%). "Whether we like it or not, we've all been spending a lot more time at home lately — some of us are at home with the kids, others working remotely. But one thing has never been truer: we're all looking at the exact same walls all day every day," said Chris Barrett, Canvaspop's Director of Operations. "These results come as no surprise, as many of our customers have reported de-cluttering and going through old photos reminiscing, and have definitely been finding comfort in printing photos of the things they hold most dear to make their houses feel like home." But the nostalgia hasn't stopped there, as other throwback purchases appear to be on the rise as well. One in four respondents has treated themselves to a vintage item since the pandemic began. Three in 10 have purchased memorabilia, and the same proportion have purchased prints from a past vacation, or other personal photos. And while respondents reported trips down memory lane involving both digital and print photo collections, the pandemic has likely also prompted nostalgia for the latter, as 78% of respondents said they wish they had printed and framed more of their photo memories. Barrett added, "Looking at old family photos, of the day we said 'I do' or of our last adventure abroad, we instantly feel connected to the past and find that sense of calm we're all yearning for."