This is the time when everyone is staying at their home for future due COVID19 threat. I believe that this is the right time to understand about our life style and culture. Social Distancing and Isolation will help us to identify our personality and choices.
Now everyone gets to taste that isolation in what may be the most widespread and sudden change in human behavior ever. In an instant, everyone stays home, and stays apart, worldwide. This is on top of an existing (anti)-epidemic of self-isolation, accelerating over the last decades, already making people alienated and lonely, in dire need of social exposure. Now, adding insult to injury comes enforced social isolation to combat the virus.
At the same time, a huge portion of the economy is abruptly shutting down, rendering many people even more desperate. The global economy just slowed down by a more than 20 percent or about thousands billion a month — mostly taken from the underpaid service workers who need the money most.
What good might possibly come from this triple-threat of COVID19, isolation and destitution? A wake-up call on many fronts, from how to be happier as humans (rather than as consumers) to designing economies to keep us happy (rather than consuming). It will be a bonus to find which technologies help our nervous systems and which hurt.
Below follow several ideas to make the best of the crisis as derived from the same mathematical principles informing my other articles in Tech Turncoat Truths.
Micro-Time Will Help
Human brains need microsecond-level interaction for proper function, which happens best in proximity. If you can get close, then walk side by side, stand back to back, link arms or talk face to face. If you need a couple of meters of social distance, then sing or talk from that range, but still nearby. I predict that people interacting neuro-mechanically will thrive the most during quarantine.
After proximity comes voice connection. Just a few minutes chat every few days is fine to re-synch emotional circuits, the way parents call kids. Stick to small talk because it’s all about the familiar sound, not the words. Unfortunately, text carries no trust-forming micro-time. Every time we trust the written word, our reservoirs of trust deplete. So don’t use text channels to argue or work through emotions.
The global shock of COVID-19 to our economies and social lives is so great that the world must change. If we pay attention, we can make the change for the better.
Keep your immune system strong by taking care of yourself and your housemates. Sleep in, eat well, and take walks. Have family time, laugh, play games. Get to know your neighbors at two-arm’ length and appreciate how much they help our common project too. Enjoy a suddenly-cleaner outdoors and suddenly-quieter towns. Stop paying attention to fear-mongering news. If parents stay calm, small children will follow and may remember this time at home as the most fun time of their lives.