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Covid uncertainty fuels interest in the paranormal

By T.K. Randall
October 17, 2021 · Comment icon 6 comments

The pandemic has shifted people's interests and perspectives. Image Credit: Louis Janmot
There has been a recent rise in the number of people seeking out stories of ghosts and hauntings.
The recent uncertainty and anxiety experienced by many due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has had a rather unexpected side effect in the form of an increased interest in the paranormal.

In the UK, TV and streaming shows centered around supernatural themes and plotlines - such as the BBC comedy 'Ghosts' and the Netflix series 'The Haunting of Bly Manor' - have seen a considerable uptick of interest.

Danny Robins, the man behind the popular BBC podcast 'The Battersea Poltergeist', believes that this is down to the "chaotic, uncertain times we find ourselves in."

"It's the biggest question possible: does something happen to us after we die?" he told The Guardian.

It's a trend, he argues, that has been seen before - in particular following traumatic events.
"You can draw a line between now and after the first and second world wars when there was a boom in supernatural interest and it was linked to people trying to process grief, chaos and uncertainty, and organised religion couldn't fill that gap," he said.

His drama/documentary about the Battersea Poltergeist, for instance, proved an unexpected hit - so much so in fact that it has since spawned a TV show and even a live national tour.

Anything and everything paranormal seems to be receiving more interest than it normally would.

"When we're losing people close to us then that's the point we go reaching for ghosts," said Robins.

"The stakes are much higher... it's something we all relate to as we have skin in the game; we want to know if there's life after death."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (6)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by pallidin 3 years ago
It seems to me that Covid-19 is wholly separate from any issues of the paranormal.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by spartan max2 3 years ago
I mean, it's also Halloween season.
Comment icon #3 Posted by XenoFish 3 years ago
I guess with more free time this his how people choose to waste it. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by The Silver Shroud 3 years ago
Danny Robins, the man behind the popular BBC podcast 'The Battersea Poltergeist', believes that this is down to the "chaotic, uncertain times we find ourselves in." The podcast is a very, very good examination of poltergeist activity with interviews with the main people involved. BBC Radio 4 - The Battersea Poltergeist BBC Radio 4 - The Battersea Poltergeist - The Story of The Battersea Poltergeist
Comment icon #5 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
I suspect it is people at home, bored, spending more time on the internet, not because of the virus except that it has caused isolation and quarantine.
Comment icon #6 Posted by rashore 3 years ago
I"m not surprised by this. Like the article says, these chaotic and uncertain times. There has been a pandemic going on along with a whole lotta other issues for almost a couple years now. Sickness and death leading to more interest in ghosts and afterlife things. More time and the technology to observe nature, and a rise in sightings from UFO's to cryptids to other spooky. Lots of folks were getting out to nature while distancing, like parks and haunted drives. It's also into colors season in the deciduous regions of the U.S. along with the Halloween season upon us. More time to spend on th... [More]

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