Months into a global lockdown, many of our communities have been stripped away from us. We’ve had to say goodbye to fellow students, coworkers, and friends — all for an uncertain amount of time. As naturally social creatures, we crave human interaction, yet we currently find ourselves sorely deprived of it.
Over the past couple of months, many of us have found ourselves reflecting on the communities that matter to us. …
The verdict is out — COVID-19 is normalizing virtual interaction. This isn’t a temporary disruption, but rather the beginning of a larger shift that is making our lives increasingly (if not predominantly) virtual.
While some events have been cancelled or postponed, many have been brought online, often with varying levels of success. In order to understand how events big and small are going virtual, our team has spoken to over 200 event organizers over the past few months.
Many organizers have had to make do with platforms like Zoom, and we’ve learned of some interesting hacks being used to make these events more interactive. While creative, these “solutions” leave much to be desired, and highlight some of the core issues of using traditional video chat platforms for hosting events. …
Years of all-nighters. Countless exams, priceless memories, lifelong friends. The college experience is for many a transformative one. A journey from youth to adulthood which culminates in earning a (hopefully useful) degree.
So how’d it go for the class of 2020? I asked a friend who recently graduated:
“Uh yeah so I spent the last 2 months of college stuck at home watching pre-recorded lectures. My fam and I then watched my name on a slideshow during the virtual commencement.”
The class of 2020 has been robbed of an experience of a lifetime. Instead of walking across a stage, pumping their fists in triumph, they watched a chapter of their lives come to a close behind a computer screen. Graduation parties became replaced by disengaging 30-person Zoom calls, and the communities that defined their college experience suddenly felt distant. …