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In light of social distancing, the way we communicate with each other has changed considerably. Since we can’t see each other in real life, and a lot of us are working from home, people are finding creative ways to interact from their homes.
Social media accelerated these changes: #socialdistancing was trending on Twitter, the younger generation started using TikTok even more to share laughs through edited video clips, and video chats became more popular and frequent.
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From how language is used to the ways in which people interact with one another, the spread of COVID-19 as changed the landscape of the ways in which society engages.
So, what does this mean moving forward?
New ideas on ways to interact are flooding digital spaces — from pop-up performances to streaming free yoga classes to ways to craft with your kids — people are reaching out in an effort to connect. So how can we, as members of this ever-evolving society do our part to support one another while carrying on with life?
Social etiquette has changed since social distancing has become the new norm. Should you open doors? Pull out chairs? If someone is elderly or differently-abled, opening the door for them but giving them plenty of space to enter a building or exit is appropriate. In these strange times, pulling out a chair may bring you in close proximity and right now, that is not a chivalrous idea.
But you know what you can do instead? Handwritten cards. Poems.
Check on an elderly neighbour or family member. Pick up the phone to call them. People are feeling isolated, scared and panicked. If you can be a calming presence, do so. A little caring goes a long way.
Do not hoard. There is plenty to go around. Do not take more than you need. Shopping with a list is always best because it prevents overspending. If you can, shop online.
Do your homework. Spreading misinformation online is only going to create panic or anxiety for others. If there is something that sparks curiosity, look into it before you re-post. Part of being on social media is accepting social responsibility.
Many people are signing emails with “Be well” or “Stay safe” as opposed to “Sincerely” or “Best,” which indicates that the mindset of people is toward relationships outward, not inward. During times of crisis, it is fascinating how this shift from the individual to the collective can happen so quickly and what it says about us as humans and social creatures.
How we interact with one another has changed, so let’s make it change for the better. Think more “we,” less “me.”
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