We are currently living under physical restrictions all over the world. Some of us work from home. We parent at home. We teach and we learn from home. We are trying to adapt our new roles as working parent or stay at home parent with certain boundaries. Almost in all parts of the world, people are suggested and forced not to gather, not to organize or attend events, children and students are not able to go to school, employees are not supposed to go to the office. Under these circumstances, digital platforms and tools are the only resources we can reach for our learning, entertainment, parenting, employment and communication processes.
Digital platforms have two important contributions to us in our rapidly changing environment. Firstly, they open their variety of resources independent from physical and geographic boundaries. Secondly, they provide a smooth transition from the physical to the digital world and abilities. There are many areas that we can replace and enrich our everyday habits with digital alternatives, including:
- School & Online distance learning
- Concert saloons, museums & Online archives, Live streams of concerts and digital museum saloons
- ‘Physical’ gathering via parties & voice, video calls, meetings, chats
- Offices & Home Office
Nowadays, both private and public schools and universities open their online distance learning platforms to their students. There are also smart phone and tablet apps that provide distance-learning contents. Scientific institutions like NASA or Science magazines open their digital archives voluntarily free to public. Home learning apps offer free membership for a limited period to help parents and teachers for home schooling.
A variety of museums and popular concert saloons and artists such as the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestrate, Amsterdam Documentary Festival have opened their digital archives free for an unlimited period.
Friends and families also, adapt to rapid changes and meet their communication needs through digital channels instead of physical gathering. Applications like WhatsApp and Zoom offer video calls for multi-participant chats.
Millions of people are having to adapt their home to a work environment. Applications like Skype offer international voice packages, which supports employees and employers in maintaining their communication lines and business as usual activities. There are also apps for working collaboratively on digital platforms such as Microsoft Teams.
The transition we are passing through bring us many opportunities as well as constraints. These constraints have encouraged us to take advantage of digital channels and communication platforms and replace the physical tools that we used to use in our ordinary physical world with digital alternatives. We can even benefit from a wider variety of resources than we can reach physically.
All of this leads to an interesting question – once the current crisis is over, will we have transitioned and become accustomed to and more reliant on our digital alternatives and therefore will the more digital versions of our lives become the norm?
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