A friend recently told me that he was at the beach on a windy day a few months ago. He accidentally got lost near a young boy wearing a mask. The boy yelled “people !!” and ran terrified to the ceiling of his mother and father. The parents gave my friend a small, sad smile of apology.
The real estate market is in turmoil with more people working from home (who has to spend money on an office?) And telemedicine is growing in popularity. Family ties are under pressure because gathering for a meal or visit may not be allowed or considered safe, thus increasing social isolation. In some communities religious practices are restricted, which creates its own pressure.
Right now, anyone who looks at old-time photos says, “Wow, everyone is wearing a hat.”
What are your predictions about how the pandemic will change our world, our way of life, our assumptions and behaviors? Are we becoming a world of poorly socialized introverts? A world of digital scholars? Will everyone work from home? Will cities prosper or wither?
We are not looking for complaints about children these days (which, according to this article, will always be with us), but rather your guesses and predictions about how the habits and demands of the pandemic will shape the future. Let us know in the comments!
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Virge Randall is Managing Editor of Senior Planet. She is also a freelance culture reporter searching for hidden and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers. Her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” gives the old school New York City a new twist. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to them at [email protected]