The purpose of this project is to examine how the individual needs for social interaction and the individual sense of responsibility for the community, influence the behaviour of the dan- ish youth, during the COVID-19 pandemic.Data from the HOPE-project will show some general tendencies in the behaviour of the dan- ish populations, towards their attitude and their behaviour during the pandemic. To get a deeper understanding of these tendencies, this paper will include six semi-structured inter- views focusing on the individual opinions, needs, and morals as well as the mentality towards the community. This data will be used to get an understanding of why, how, and where the youth deviate from the assembly ban.This project will analyse the data, by applying a phenomenological analytical perspective, which gives an insight in how the respondents feel their individual everyday life is affected by the pandemic. Focusing on the assembly ban this paper will furthermore examine how the individuals each cope with the limitations during COVID-19, and in what way their individ- ual need for social interaction influences their behaviour.By including four sociologists, Goffman, Blumer, Schütz and Bauman, each will contribute with different understandings of what influences human choices and actions. The paper will unfold the many different factors that are contributing to the individual behaviour during the pandemic. Additionally, the paper will, based on Tim Creswell’s understanding of place, and Jan Gehl's view on social interaction in public spaces, examine how the use of public spaces affects behaviour during the pandemic.Furthermore, this project will discuss whether the young generation are lacking responsibility to take part in stopping the virus from spreading, due to being the generation with the highest infection rate in Denmark, and if they have a more laissez-faire attitude towards the re- strictions, or if their behaviour can be justified. Finally, a conclusion will include how the in- dividual needs for social interaction and individual sense of responsibility, are affecting the young generation’s behaviour during the pandemic.
free text keywords: Unge, Adfærd, COVID-19, Forsamlingsforbud, Retningslinjer