Updated: Jul 24, 2020
It was March 11, 2020, the day the pandemic was declared. I was returning bleary-eyed and travel weary from Mexico where I’d spent the winter – just in time to be quarantined for 14 days.
Oh no! I hate being alone. I know it’s irrational, but without human company, I get very anxious. Knowing this, you can imagine how hard it was to stay alone in my apartment. Thank goodness I had Sammy the poodle’s company and an excuse for going out walking three times a day.
I was desperate for company: desperate enough to overcome my fear of technology. Without Covid-19 I would never have been forced to learn Zoom. Zoom and Face Time: two ways of join others and receiving the human connection we all crave.
The researchers tracked the scores over 5 chat sessions with senior donors and found that as internet use increased loneliness and depression decreased. Perceived social support and self-esteem increased significantly.
That must explain why, when I’ve experienced a good Zoom session, I feel as if I’ve been in the same room with all those people. I’ve even found myself wondering, for just a second, where’s my coat? Or where did I park my car.
That’s all for this blog. I hope you and I can continue to connect in this way.
Here’s an interesting study: In Defense of the Internet: The Relationship Between Internet Communication and Depression, Loneliness, Self Esteem, and Perceived Social Support, Lindsay Shaw and Larry M. Grant, in Cyber Psychology and Behaviour, Vol. 5, Issue 2, July 5, 2004.