Technology in the Time of Covid19 *

There’s nothing like a crisis to make the impossible possible.

In a matter of weeks, life as we know it came to a screeching halt. The unthinkable happened and in March 2020, schools, shops, restaurants, cafes, museums around the world closed and public gatherings were forbidden.

And then I noticed something new. I noticed that people started using technology in a very different manner than before the crisis. People were actually talking on their phones. Videoconferencing boomed, as did online concerts, happy hours and pub quizzes. Collaborative web sites brought together helpers and those in need.

Was technology actually pulling down walls between people rather than pushing us apart? Is screen time good after all? And what happens after the crisis?

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