Do you find yourself spending more time holed up in your home watching movies and sporting events? And less time going to theaters, restaurants and sports stadiums? Then you’re part of a new trend called super-cocooning.
Experts say that cocooning started during the Cold War, when people were nervous about nuclear attacks. Those same people began investing in stay-at-home entertainment, like TVs, videogame systems, rec rooms, swimming pools, and pinball machines. The trend got even bigger after 9/11, with an increase in big-screen TVs, and kitchens meant for entertaining. And we’ve now reached super-cocooning status because people feel even more vulnerable after recent violent attacks at sporting events and movie theaters.
So, electronics manufacturers, and even Hollywood movie studios, are tapping into that trend. TV screens are getting bigger, tablet screens are getting sharper, and the prices for both are dropping, which has boosted sales by 65 percent in the past year alone. We can also see just about anything we want instantly on cable, or the internet – even first-run movies are available on DVD within weeks of when they’re shown in theatres. Plus, when you watch a movie at home, you don’t have to pay big bucks for parking and popcorn, or deal with people texting in the theatre. And if you’re watching sports at home, you don’t need binoculars to see all the action, and you don’t have to deal with belligerent sports fans.
And once you add in online food deliveries, the ability to chat with your friends on Facebook while you watch, and being able to shop for just about anything from your couch, people are even less inclined to leave home.