According to Dr. Nicholas Christakis, epidemiologist in Yale University, it is.
‘The history repeats itself’ seems that it will make great impact in our social life which will be shaped after the coronavirus crisis. At least considering the predictions given by some scientists, it is impossible to be indifferent to this possibility.
Exactly a century ago in the United States, a decade of the most economically prosperous in history and peak consumption had begun. This period, known as the ‘Roaring Twenties’, gone down in history as a period when consumption increased enormously, exaggerated parties became widespread, and cultural movements such as the ‘Jazz Age’ and ‘Harlem Renaissance’ emerged that defied prohibitions. So, after what incident did the Roaring Twenties take their place in the history scene? Just after the Spanish flu epidemic, one of the biggest epidemics in history, that cost the lives of around 50 million people.
Social epidemiologist Dr. Nicholas Christakis is one of the scientists who defends the thesis that history will repeat itself in this sense. Christakis predicts in his book “Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live” that America will again witness a Roaring 20s-like generation after the pandemic. Although Christakis makes his prediction especially for the American society, it is clear that such a development will not be limited to the USA, considering that in today’s globalizing world, social movements are travelling overseas very rapidly.
It is an obvious that music lovers are heatedly awaiting concerts and festivals. However, according to Christakis, a possible new Roaring 20s period will not begin until 2024. First applications in vaccination are just in the beginning; it is difficult to predict how severe the social, psychological and economic effects of the pandemic on societies would maintain.
The professor also has some other interesting prophecies. According to Christakis, there will be a sudden increase in birth rates after the pandemic, and handshaking will tend to decline as a rare act of attitude. It’s also another striking prophecy in the book that working from home will become a norm.
It is not for sure whether the Roaring Twenties period of the 21st century will take place, but we assume nobody would say no to it. Our only wish is that history will not repeat again right after the new Roaring Twenties and we will not encounter another ‘great depression’.