As we deal with COVID-19, it’s important to use technology—the very tools once thought to encourage social isolation—to fight against it, says U of A sociologist.
When people look back at this pandemic, they will remember many things, but perhaps most of all they will recall the changes in social behaviour. There is the obsessive washing of hands, not touching our face, forgoing handshakes, hoarding toilet paper, working from home and, of course, social distancing—or more accurately, physical distancing.
Physical distancing is a more precise description of what experts have recommended to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing, on the other hand, should be avoided because of its potential harm for individuals and communities.
Becoming a fully functioning human being with a sense of self and purpose requires meaningful social interaction with parents, peers and many other significant and not-so-significant others. I remind my students that they have never known themselves without...