Coronavirus is changing everything but especially our relationship with technology and how we are all trying to cope with the lack of human contact. Nellie Bowles’s declaration in The New York Times (NewYork Times) “Coronavirus Ended the Screen-Time Debate. Screens Won.” is definitely WRONG —
Yes, our screens have revealed themselves to be invaluable conduits of the human connections we need and crave. We can see how many projects trying to reduce screen-time have emerged. And sure, many of us, facing day after day indoors, are loosening our rules about screen time; plenty of parents, understandably, have thrown in the towel. As Nellie Bowles writes, “Now I have thrown off the shackles of screen-time guilt. My television is on. My computer is open. My phone is unlocked, glittering. I want to be covered in screens. If I had a virtual reality headset nearby, I would strap it on.” She’s right that we shouldn’t judge ourselves for finding comfort and connection in our screens. But the concluding quote in her piece shows why the declaration of victory for screens is so premature. As Epic’s creative director Jon Steinberg puts it: “Weirdly, Gen Z could come out of this with a permanent, lifelong, forged-in-disaster appreciation for physical connections over digital ones.”
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
I believe it is kind of the other way around. It will be the end of Coronavirus that will define who is the winner.
Once all this is over, we should all ask ourselves the following question: Are we all going to remain on our screens all day long, or are we going to run to hug our loved ones, fill the bars, go for a coffee with friends or fill the parks and trails? I feel Coronavirus will show how humanity, again, will win the battle over technology.
Screen won or human will win?