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Are We on the Road to Social Isolation?

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and had a wonderful food coma that day. It was different this year with the pandemic. We stayed home and had a turkey with our immediate family. It was nice, but I definitely missed my extended family, that’s for sure.

Because we had a stay at home holiday this year. I was able to get some writing done. I’m waiting for my Beta reader to get back to me on my story and while I wait, I’ve been working on another one. I really like this new one and I’m hoping I can do it justice.

But enough about that. Today, I’d like to talk about the effect the pandemic has had on our society. We work from home. Our kids learn from home. We sit in front of our computers in our homes and do our thing. This is very isolating. I need to interact with people. It lifts my mood to just be on a WebEx meeting with my colleagues. I worry how this kind of isolation is going to affect my kids. The thing is they need their friends and the only way they can interact with them right now as we all hunker down and ride out this pandemic is through their video games.

Sure, they’ve invited friends over, but these visits are few and far between because it’s safer to stay at home right now. So, video games have become their social gathering avenue. So, I’ve been letting them play them more than normal. They need that social interaction and video games have been linked to helping combat depression. So, what’s a Mom to do?

I worry that this will be more than a band-aid, though, and it will become a way of interaction for the future. I worry that the next generation will not have strong relationships because their only interaction will be video games and social media. This pandemic is setting a dangerous precedent. We are getting more and more dependent on our computers. What with social media moguls gathering data about what we find interesting so they can plant it in our newsfeeds, and video games becoming interactive. It’s going to change the way we function in society.

I hope I’m wrong. I hope that the powers that be will make sure our communities don’t change, but that would mean our purpose would have to change, wouldn’t it? The all mighty dollar can’t be the only goal here. It’s going to have to be something bigger than ourselves and our pocketbooks.

So, what can we do until that happens? We can get our kids to take breaks from their computers and watch movies together, play board games, or cards. We can get them moving by taking family hikes and getting out into nature. Anything that would require face to face interaction. That’s how we combat this social isolation. How about you? Do you have any ideas? I’d love to read them, leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you!

Author:

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

13 thoughts on “Are We on the Road to Social Isolation?

  1. Having just had an extremely mild bout of Covid, I’m terrified that we’ve allowed our society to change so easily. I understand that the virus is dangerous, but life is dangerous and risky and fun. Social isolation is much more dangerous than a virus and forced isolation is not something that anyone should accept. Life is meant to be lived not watched.

  2. Video (and board) games do teach kids to problem solve, so that’s a plus. Life is a balance, so we need to mix it up. All your suggestions are perfect, especially getting out in nature. Funny, we used to play games outside all the time. Great post, Lisa! Hope you had your fill of turkey! Cheers!

  3. If you look at history, societies have been shaped and reshaped long before Covid19. Humans are remarkably resilient and I just look at this as another paradigm shift, it is daunting to witness but it’s par for the course. We will adapt and we will move on.

    1. Ahhhh….It’s great to get another perspective. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with all of us. 🙂 I appreciate it. Maybe things aren’t as dire as I think. 🙂

  4. We’ve got a family date to play Monopoly tonight And hopefully skating at the skate park before that (them, not me!). I’m praying parks stay open, so we can continue to get our outside time in, before we’re icy here in MD.

    1. I hear you! We had outdoor time scheduled too. Either family hikes or the kids playing with friends outside. Which I like because it involves social skills. Winter is coming and we usually hibernate which isn’t always helpful, but it is what it is. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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