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Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert's paradise. It's not.

Virtual Blues

Virtual face-to-face conversations in Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom do not carry the relaxed feeling of actual meetings, and instead feel like official, ‘work’ meetings with added stress and an inability to read any body language. It is clear that video chats and phone calls cannot replace a hug and a shared meal in a cozy cafe.

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Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert's paradise. It's not.

Lockdown was supposed to be an introvert's paradise. It's not.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/615437/virtual-happy-hour-introverts-lockdown-coronavirus/

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Coping With The Pandemic

People are coping with the Pandemic by adjusting their lives and recreating the activities and places they miss, virtually in the living rooms. Extroverts, introverts and everyone in between are finding novel ways of entertaining themselves by connecting to others, but the novelty is wearing off quickly.

Too Much At Once

The increased anxiety, short attention spans, irregular sleep patterns and depressing news 24 hours a day turns into additional layers of stress, according to social scientists.

Many have the added activities of homeschooling children or concentrating on remote working, which has its own set of challenges even without the Pandemic.

Virtual Blues

Virtual face-to-face conversations in Google Hangouts, Facetime or Zoom do not carry the relaxed feeling of actual meetings, and instead feel like official, ‘work’ meetings with added stress and an inability to read any body language. It is clear that video chats and phone calls cannot replace a hug and a shared meal in a cozy cafe.

Isolated With The Phone

In phone calls, you can do your work, walk around and talk, there is no one observing you, and you can also hang up when you feel like. Video calls, have an added stress of self-awareness, looking presentable and ‘cool’, making the conversation seem made up or forced.

The 'house inmates' (the whole world, apparently) are slowing learning the ropes in this forced isolation which seems to have no end.

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Relaxing Activity Vs Performance

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What we have here is an added pressure to perform virtually among so many other participants, each vying for attention and validation.

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Video Dating Or No Dating

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Video dating, which has witnessed a 200 percent increase in OkCupid, lets the dating couples check the ‘vibe’ of their partner, and decide if the person can be dated in future.

Digital Date Ideas

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In order to better handle the current situation, experts recommend going out for walks or exercise at off-hours and alone, if possible.

If you really want to spend time with your friend or neighbor, just make sure to keep the 6 feet apart rule and everything should be alright. Remember the further away, the better.

The exception to the rule

Everybody knows or, at least, should know by now the rule of the 6 feet apart. This distance is recommended in the current period, in order to slow down the spread of the virus. 

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