Coronavirus and technology: the positives

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It is a strange time in the world at the moment, with people across the globe having to adapt and change the way they live. The Coronavirus pandemic is touching and affecting all aspects of life, however, in times of crisis it is important that we keep optimistic.

Covid-19 may well and truly change the way we live when it comes to technology, but could it actually be for the better?

In our latest blog we explore the positives of technology in this unprecedented situation and how it is aiding daily lives.

Changing the way we work

Coronavirus is forcing many companies to rethink the way they do business, in particular, in relation to remote working. Companies have had to adapt to home working, ensuring VPNs function properly, increasing bandwidth and improving communications, and many have done it successfully. Meetings are being switched from face-to-face to video conferencing and training is being conducted via webinar.

As companies discover the productivity and reduced overheads that can be found in this arrangement, we may well see increasing numbers of remote workers in various sectors once the pandemic is behind us.

The rise of educational apps

With school out for the foreseeable, teachers are turning to online resources, platforms and virtual teaching to encourage and support children with learning at home, whilst also providing guidance to parents and guardians new to home schooling.

Welcome the rise of educational apps. Popular video game Minecraft, previously mentioned in our weekly roundup, is offering free educational lessons that can be played by children until the end of June. Twelve digital lessons are available to download, including tours of the International Space Station and the inside of the human eye. Pupils can also participate in creative writing, puzzle games which teach them how to code and think like programmers and go on a virtual tour of Washington DC’s most historic sites like the White House, the Pentagon and the Lincoln Memorial. Plus, play a game about generating power from alternative energy sources, such as wind and nuclear.

Other free apps include Go Explore from CBeebies which focuses on subjects from geographic exploration all the way to phonics, Duolingo to learn languages and Teach Your Monster to Read to help aid younger ones’ reading development.

You can delve into a full list here.

Older generation tech savvier than ever

With online communications being the main method of contact for family and friends in different households, particularly for grandparents keeping in contact with loved ones, we are seeing a rapid increase in technology being adopted by the older generation.

Whether it’s video calling on applications and software like Zoom and FaceTime, or messaging by means of text, email and social media apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, the current situation is encouraging the older generation to learn a new skill that will stay with them after the pandemic passes.

With many services like banking and shopping moving predominantly online, the older generation are being forced to do necessary tasks, like food shopping, online, and maybe once restrictions have lifted it could become a new, convenient way to live for them.

Catch up with family and friends over video chat

Social interactions are mostly limited to those within your own household, although this doesn’t mean you can’t be face to face with the others. Video chat apps like HouseParty have risen in popularity with friends and family feeling more connected than ever, almost as if they’re in the same room. Users have become inventive, hosting themed nights, film nights, date nights and even quizzes over video chat apps. Who knows what the future holds, could we see a rise in video calling on Friday nights as opposed to meeting up in person?

Join in with virtual events

Large gatherings may be banned but coming together safely with virtual events are becoming increasingly popular. Virtual events are easily accessible and a fun pastime, making people feel as connected as ever whilst maintaining distance from one another.

With everything from dance classes hosted on Facebook Live by some of the world’s best dancers, home workout classes on Zoom, to virtual pubs which we discussed in our recent weekly roundup. Even living room concerts streamed by much-loved celebrities, like Elton John organising the iHeart Radio virtual performance, and Andrew Lloyd Webber streaming a different musical every week, people’s spirits are being lifted to new heights with a real sense of community.

In addition, with the recent virtual Grand National being such a hit, virtual events could continue to be a success in the very near future.

Stop spreading Fake News

With so much false information being spread around popular social media apps like Facebook and Twitter, both social platforms are focused on stopping the spread of fake news on its channels. Twitter has claimed that it will “delete posts which promote fake Covid-19 treatments or deny expert advice” and Facebook states that it has “put vetted Coronavirus information at the top of the News Feed” and is concentrating on removing content that spreads fake news. We hope this will be a move that continues in order to protect users from digesting misinformation.

We hope this has brightened your day, lifted your mood and spirits, and made you excited for what the future holds for technology once the pandemic lifts. It’s a time to celebrate technology and realise how much it can assist us through difficult times.