After dropping off my daughter at preschool, I sat in my car for a minute, thinking. Despite all that is wrong with the world, I believe that now is a really great time to be a child. Of course, it’s not ideal or even normal. Nothing is normal right now, after all. But in terms of what they can learn and what they can gain, 2020 might just be the year that everything changes for the better.
I mean, think about it. Before 2020, we were all going about our lives, which were increasingly hectic and chaotic. We were all too busy at work and at school. We didn’t spend enough time with our families. We were all on our smartphones and tablets, our eyes constantly glued to our social media news feeds.
And then Covid-19 happened, forcing us to stay at home and go to work and school virtually. We had to stay at home to be safe. We had to seek comfort and solace in our own homes. We started to turn to social media not just as an automatic response, but as a way to give us the socialization and community that we so desperately craved.
Covid-19 just had to happen during one of the biggest years of the technological revolution. Ever since the birth of the Internet and consequently social media, we have all been glued to our devices. We were getting even less physical exercise. Kids were spending less time outdoors and more time indoors playing video games. Our entire lives were dictated and even controlled by technology.
But now, Covid-19 has shown us that we don’t have to be blindly controlled by technology. Instead, we can use it to better ourselves. We can use Zoom video chat to take virtual classes. We can work at home instead of driving miles to go to work, saving the company hundreds in money and time. In short, we can use technology to make our lives easier, more convenient, and more practical.
Covid-19 has taught us that using technology effectively can make our days longer. If we can make our days longer, then we would have the time to do things that we’ve always wanted to go. We can go and learn how to crochet or knit. We can go mountain biking. We can go scuba diving. Having an extra hour or two that technology has saved can give us the freedom to do these things.
It can be argued that covid-19 has taken our freedom. In one sense, that is true. It has taken our freedom in the sense that we are required to wear masks and maintain social distancing guidelines. It has taken our freedom in that we need to think once, twice before going somewhere. We need to always make sure that we have a mask, hand sanitizer, and that it is safe.
But on the other hand, covid-19 has given us the opportunity to take some freedom for ourselves. It has shown us the power of technology. It is showing us that even when people are physically forced apart, we can still stay together through the power of the Internet.
It is because of the Internet that many of us have been able to stay sane, hopeful, and optimistic. It is because of the Internet that we can still attempt to carry on with our daily lives. And finally, it is because of the Internet that we have the information that we need to stay safe even we have to venture outdoors for work and school.
So many people complain on Twitter and other social media platforms that 2020 is the worst year ever. I, however, like to think of it as the year that is the start of something great. Something like this can’t happen without changing us, the world, and the Internet… for the better.