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How COVID has changed the way we use the internet.

With the pandemic forcing us to make quicker digital decisions, is it going to have lasting effects on the way we use the internet?
Jessica Richards

COVID took ahold of the world, changing how we all lived our everyday lives. Gone were the days of live events, parties with friends, and regular working environments. Everyone was pushed into a new digital age, where many companies were forced into adopting new technologies to support their businesses and keep afloat during this time. You were made to learn more digitally based ways to stay in touch with loved ones and socialize on the internet.

All of this was a clear reminder that new digital ways of working and living are more accessible than people believe. 

These changes have allowed the digital age to become more accepted. Employees and companies are starting to realize the perks and benefits of working from home, less time is spent commuting and more of a work-life balance is becoming more noticeable. 

Schooling and education have quickly adapted changing the way they manage students and their way of learning. Using eLearning software and online classrooms to stay in touch with students, and keep them on track with their educations. 

With all these actions that have taken place to help limit the spread of the virus, a vast range of new technologies has become more mainstream and new ways of living have been discovered. But what digital ways can we see stay as we come out of the pandemic? 

Virtualizing live events 

Concerts, meetups, and various other live events have had to be canceled this year and live stream alternatives have become the norm. But could we see this type of thing stay? 

We could see major live events and conferences like keynotes go online in the future. There are many benefits to consider for this from the cost of traveling out staff internationally, and even down to the engagement rate. Companies could see a bigger engagement going online-based, holding seminars online where people can interact with each other more on certain topics. 

Tackling fake news and being misinformed

Making sure people have the correct information during the pandemic has been vital to helping limit the spread. This is where digital-based technology has come in to save the day!

Test and Track applications in restaurants and various other places have helped governments stay informed on where virus hotspots have been and help manage it all a lot quicker.

Online healthcare 

Many doctor’s appointments and health care have moved online, and in cases has proven very effective. Doing virtual appointments instead of going into a doctor’s surgery, minimizes the wait time in the surgery and time spent around others especially when you’re sick.

Therapy and mental health based session also moved online during COVID, and it is thought to outlive the pandemic and be the new normal. 

Online therapy is very convenient, but in the past, there were reasons stopping more from doing it one was patients privacy. However, governments now are encouraging therapists to use online video calling with patients during this time, even though guidelines in the past have been very against this. 

So with the new digital age full steam ahead and everyone adapting where they can, only time can tell the impact this will have in the future. 

Are you making permanent changes in your workplaces and lives digitally?