The COVID-19 pandemic will leave a huge impact on how we work, consume, learn, communicate, and socialize. All concerts, sporting events, conventions, major conferences, are all canceled. Bars, restaurants, and movie theaters were ordered to also to close by the city officials. People are hoarding supplies because almost all the entire countries were being placed under quarantine. Even when it’s too soon to evaluate the destruction that the pandemic has caused, there are signs that it will lastingly transform how the society functions. From its impact on the global economy, it will also have a great impact on our everyday life.
Signs that the pandemic has already changed some of our lives:
- Social media as a rescuer or social killer
We live in an age where both are immediately accessible because society now runs on connections and information. On a simple click, we can already share information of different kinds. However, social media has a good sharing of information and terrible at filtering the right information to share. The social media has struggled to give the right information and prevent incorrect ones. It is because there are lots of quacks peddling cures, racist and xenophobic posts that blame the entire nationalities. To prevent social media from being an open drain of fake news and incorrect facts, the platform should build up its control policies and censor contents that are defamatory, false, and outright fabrications.
- Streaming becomes the new way forward for content consumption
Streaming will become an even more dominant way to deliver content to the consumer as movie theaters are closed and live events were canceled. From sporting events to concerts, it will be forced to stream them to homebound fans instead. Although after the pandemic, live events will eventually resume. Some consumers and fans may just stay in the comfort of their homes and watch it lives instead of paying for the tickets.
- The spread of online learning
To help prevent the spread of the infection, schools and businesses have to heavily rely on the internet to keep business running. From online learning, various aspects of our lives will be moved to cyberspace. The shift on the internet-based work presents challenges and advantages. It is also potentially a disadvantage to the business communities and education. Telecommuting can be an advantage for some businesses. They don’t have to rent large spaces for their office and no more long commutes.
In terms of education, online learning also comes with some advantages. By letting students learn from home, colleges might let more students take the same course at the same time. Also, the other students who were not able to be at the lecture time for some reason can cope up with the streaming.
- Communication without personal interaction
Communication is more than just a word. A large part of human interaction is based on observing non-verbal indicators. Without those things, we are not capable of detecting certain nuances like humor, anger, or sarcasm. It might be a challenge for many people who are confined to their homes with only computers or phones are the ways to connect with others. On the other hand, there are tools on hand to reduce the gap. Most of the phones have cameras now. Video conferencing might improve the quality of remote communications and lessen confusion.