When the coronavirus hit, many aspects of life moved from in-person to online. Work, school, shopping and socializing all happened in digital spaces rather than physical ones. While it’s unclear how long the crisis will continue, it is clear that in the wake of this sea change, some things will be moving online in a more permanent sense.
Most people were already shopping online to some degree, but when the pandemic hit, we started ordering almost everything online. This is not to say that we’ve seen the end of brick and mortar, but it might be the end of brick and mortar stores that have no online presence and no system for online ordering. Whether it’s grocery delivery services or a mail-in sharpening service, retail especially is going to need to adapt to a future where shopping happens through a screen more often than not.
Not everyone has the luxury of working from home, but those who do (and there are many of them) will likely see their workplaces shifting to remote flexible options. It’s cheaper for companies and, in the current climate, safer for employees. While you may struggle to adjust at first, the ability to set your own schedule has its benefits.
We’ve all missed talking to family and loved ones, but we’ve also seen many family members overcome the tech hurdle and start digitally socializing. It’s not as good as meeting in person, but it’s often more accessible and in these trying times it is certainly safer.
Whatever you may feel about these changes, they come from a place of wanting to ensure the public good. These activities moved online in order to keep people safe, and moving them online permanently, in part or in their entirety, could be a way to make our world safer going forward.