“Covid-19 vs. Social Isolation: the Impact Technology can have on Communities, Social Connections and Citizens” lays out the emotions and experiences we all went through in the first days of Covid and quarantining, and analyzes the ways in which social media and technology can be extremely beneficial in a situation such as a pandemic. By now, we are all accustomed to the Covid lifestyle, as it has been a year and a half since the beginning of the biggest change we will probably ever have to go through in our lives. But, technology has not only been a friend in this lifestyle, but something that saved many of us from a wide variety of mental breakdowns, fear of isolation, and much more.
This article is intriguing as it discusses the different ways and groups of people that benefit the most from the use of technology throughout Covid-19, or something that hinders us from resuming our normal lives and being out in the world. There is discussion of FaceBook groups for neighborhoods and communities, a four year old Lakeland Terrier that provides people with some sort of simple happiness, the question of whether or not a baby boom is bound to occur, and a discussion of a case study involving a Women’s Institute. All being very random in their selection in this article, I think it is significant to emphasize the ways in which people and groups have coped with isolation, even if it is not in the most traditional sense that we all know.
This article emphasizes that “The COVID 19 virus is the cruellest stress test of institutional and individual health and social care activities.” And I believe this is true. Though I am still young, I strongly believe the pandemic will be the biggest test of technology adapting to the lifestyle we have all come to know and fit in with, at least in my lifetime. I think it is important to note that this article was written March 18th, 2020. This was the first couple of days that lockdowns were put in place, and Covid was extremely new to all of us. I believe it is safe to say that the research in this article would be much more effective in determining the impact technology has on communities, social connections, and citizens, if it was done now. These early days of Covid can’t determine this impact, as the pandemic wasn’t even in full swing. And I can be certain that the person I am in my relationship with technology is extremely different than it is now, now that it has been a year and a half of living in the Covid world.