How has the pandemic changed the way we communicate
The Cambridge Dictionary marked ‘quarantine’ as the 2020 word of the year. When COVID-19 became a pandemic, the way we communicate changed, and lockdown increased our online methods of communication.
To begin with, we have to use the internet. People throw in video conferences, educational webinars, and all things that the internet brings to us. They liked it because it was comfortable, and, I think, that’s going to develop further. The disadvantage is that we need to ‘window dress’ our backgrounds because every video call is the window into our homes. People have lost a lot that body language brings into communicating.
In addition, we have to interpret the speech of the opponent through a mask. Such communication means that people need to work harder with both the words and the tone of voice to convey the idea more explicitly.
In conclusion, COVID-19 has radically changed the way we communicate. To my mind, these changes demonstrate the incredible ability humans have in adapting to their circumstances.