Computer Addiction During COVID-19 Is Making Us Less Human

A sign at the entrance to Sheldon High School asks students to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

A strange kind of efficiency has been amplified by the pandemic. It has always been among us, necessary and unwelcome. During our lockdowns, along with masking and social distancing, this has come dangerously close to becoming the norm. As we look forward to a spring and summer without masks or crowd limits, we need to be aware.

The problem was highlighted yesterday when I bumped into an old friend outside of Sweet Life Patisserie. Sweet Life (like so many others) hasn’t offered seated services for the better part of the past two years, so bumping into people on sidewalks has been pretty much our only option to bump into these days .

My friend has spent most of the pandemic feeling lonely and separated from others. In any other city, she would be known as an activist. In Eugene, she is considered an ordinary person. She recently adopted a puppy, which brings her joy despite headlines about war, environmental disaster and economic upheaval.