How technology can help us keep our social connections alive

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These unprecedented times of social isolation have surely shifted the way we interact with our circles. Keeping our human connections and interactions alive is as important as ever but now comes with a whole load of new challenges. While society has slowed down to only essential services a strong majority of us are now confined to our homes and are asked to limit our outings and encounters. Although we have to keep our distances from individuals who don’t live with us, many specialists say it is important to keep nurturing our various relationships.

Technology allows us to connect with family and friends while social distancing. Psychology specialists recommend using technology to stay in touch and keep our connections alive. The state of the technology we already all use daily can help us make this period easier. Stephen Benning, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, explains that we can keep a visual and vocal connection with our loved ones. Video calls allow us to maintain a “face-to-face” connection with others while doing an activity.

Technology is also helping many employees work remotely from home, encouraging individual and overall health and helping with financial stability. Some positions are location specific, but a lot of office jobs workers were able to keep their positions (and therefore their paychecks) and communicate through online platforms, such as Zoom, Skype, Slack and emails.

For all the chaos and adjustments that this period brings to many of us, the advancements of technology (that we easily took for granted a couple of weeks ago) can help us feel connected and combat loneliness.

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