Dealing with the Pandemic: Staying Connected

Posted on: Tue, 04/07/2020 - 09:00

Isn’t it ironic that the tools we worried were making us less connected are the same tools that enable us to stay connected during the pandemic crisis?

During the last three weeks of school closures and restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people, I have learned to use a variety of new technology tools for meetings. From Google Meet to Zoom, it’s easy to bring groups together to address issues and make decisions. It’s an added bonus to see the faces of colleagues and not just hear their voices! As some of my guest bloggers shared, we are social beings and want to be connected.

Even in my personal life, Google Hangout has enabled me to stay connected with my children and grandson. I appreciate this opportunity but must admit that it is very hard to watch a 10-month-old on a computer screen and be unable to hug or kiss him!

As we navigate this pandemic crisis, I am grateful to have these technology options that allow me to stay connected with my colleagues and my family. It is so reassuring to see a face and have a conversation rather than simply sending an email or text message. Personal connections matter so much and would not be possible without technology.

Isn’t that ironic? The tools we now rely on to build connections during this crisis are the same tools that we feared were keeping people apart. Perhaps using these tools because we have no other choice will make us appreciate real face-to-face contact even more in the future. Perhaps when restaurants open again, we will see couples and families talking to each other without a phone on the table. Perhaps this crisis will allow us to see that these tools are great for connecting but that nothing can truly replace the “personal touch.”

That may be one of the most important lessons we learn from this pandemic crisis.