The Internet and the Pandemic (2023)

90% of Americans say the internet has been essential or important to them, many made video calls and 40% used technology in new ways. But while tech was a lifeline for some, others faced struggles

How we did this

Pew Research Center has a long history of studying technology adoption trends and the impact of digital technology on society. This report focuses on American adults’ experiences with and attitudes about their internet and technology use during the COVID-19 outbreak. For this analysis, we surveyed 4,623 U.S. adults from April 12-18, 2021. Everyone who took part is a member of the Center’s American Trends Panel (ATP), an online survey panel that is recruited through national, random sampling of residential addresses. This way nearly all U.S. adults have a chance of selection. The survey is weighted to be representative of the U.S. adult population by gender, race, ethnicity, partisan affiliation, education and other categories. Read more about theATP’s methodology.

Chapter 1 of this report includes responses to an open-ended question and the overall report includes a number of quotations to help illustrate themes and add nuance to the survey findings. Quotations may have been lightly edited for grammar, spelling and clarity. The first three themes mentioned in each open-ended response, according to a researcher-developed codebook, were coded into categories for analysis.

Here are thequestions usedfor this report, along with responses, and itsmethodology.

Thecoronavirushas transformedmany aspects of Americans’ lives. Itshut downschools, businesses and workplaces and forced millions tostay at homefor extended lengths of time. Public health authorities recommendedlimits on social contactto try to contain the spread of the virus, and these profoundly altered the way many worked, learned, connected with loved ones, carried out basic daily tasks, celebrated and mourned. For some, technology played a role in this transformation.

Results from a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted April 12-18, 2021, reveal the extent to which people’s use of the internet has changed, their views about how helpful technology has been for them and the struggles some have faced.

The vast majority of adults (90%) say the internet has been at least important to them personally during the pandemic, the survey finds. The share who say it has beenessential– 58% – is up slightly from 53% in April 2020. There have also been upticks in the shares who say the internet has been essential in the past year among those with a bachelor’s degree or more formal education, adults under 30, and those 65 and older.

A large majority of Americans (81%) also say they talked with others via video calls at some point since the pandemic’s onset. And for 40% of Americans, digital tools have taken on new relevance: They report they used technology or the internet in ways that were new or different to them. Some also sought upgrades to their service as the pandemic unfolded: 29% of broadband users did something to improve the speed, reliability or quality of their high-speed internet connection at home since the beginning of the outbreak.

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Still, tech use has not been an unmitigated boon for everyone. “Zoom fatigue” was widely speculated to be a problem in the pandemic, and some Americans report related experiences in the new survey: 40% of those who have ever talked with others via video calls since the beginning of the pandemic say they have felt worn out or fatigued often or sometimes by the time they spend on them. Moreover,changes in screen timeoccurred forAmericans generallyand forparents of young children.Thesurvey finds that a third of all adults say they tried to cut back on time spent on their smartphone or the internet at some point during the pandemic. In addition, 72% of parents of children in grades K-12 say their kids are spending more time on screens compared with before the outbreak.1

For many, digital interactions could only do so much as a stand-in for in-person communication. About two-thirds of Americans (68%) say the interactions they would have had in person, but instead had online or over the phone, have generally been useful – but not a replacement for in-person contact. Another 15% say these tools haven’t been of much use in their interactions. Still, 17% report that these digital interactions have been just as good as in-person contact.

Some types of technology have been more helpful than others for Americans. For example, 44% say text messages or group messaging apps have helped them a lot to stay connected with family and friends, 38% say the same about voice calls and 30% say this about video calls. Smaller shares say social media sites (20%) and email (19%) have helped them in this way.

The survey offers a snapshot of Americans’ lives just over one year into the pandemic as they reflected back on what had happened. It is important to note the findings were gathered in April 2021, just beforeall U.S. adults became eligible for coronavirus vaccines. At the time, some states werebeginning to loosen restrictionson businesses and social encounters. This survey also was fielded before the delta variantbecame prominentin the United States,raising concernsabout new andevolving variants.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the survey.

Americans’ tech experiences in the pandemic are linked to digital divides, tech readiness

Some Americans’ experiences with technology haven’t been smooth or easy during the pandemic. The digital divides related tointernet useandaffordabilitywere highlighted by the pandemic and also emerged in new ways as life moved online.

For all Americans relying on screens during the pandemic,connection qualityhas been important for school assignments, meetings and virtual social encounters alike. The new survey highlights difficulties for some: Roughly half of those who have ahigh-speed internet connection at home (48%) say they haveproblems with the speed, reliability or quality of their home connection often or sometimes.2

Beyond that, affordabilityremained a persistent concernfor a portion of digital tech users as the pandemic continued – about a quarter of home broadband users (26%) and smartphone owners (24%) said in the April 2021 survey that they worried a lot or some about paying their internet and cellphone bills over the next few months.

From parents of children facing the “homework gap” to Americans struggling toafford home internet, those with lower incomes have been particularly likely to struggle. At the same time, some of those with higher incomes have been affected as well.

Affordability and connection problems have hit broadband users with lower incomes especially hard. Nearly half of broadband users with lower incomes, and about a quarter of those with midrange incomes, say that as of April they were at least somewhat worried about paying their internet bill over the next few months.3 And home broadband users with lower incomes are roughly 20 points more likely to say they often or sometimes experience problems with their connection than those with relatively high incomes. Still, 55% of those with lower incomes say the internet has been essential to them personally in the pandemic.

At the same time, Americans’ levels of formal education are associated with their experiences turning to tech during the pandemic.

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Those with a bachelor’s or advanced degree are about twice as likely as those with a high school diploma or less formal education to have used tech in new or different ways during the pandemic. There is also roughly a 20 percentage point gap between these two groups in the shares who have made video calls about once a day or more often and who say these calls have helped at least a little to stay connected with family and friends. And 71% of those with a bachelor’s degree or more education say the internet has been essential, compared with 45% of those with a high school diploma or less.

More broadly, not all Americans believe they have key tech skills. In this survey, about a quarter of adults (26%) say they usually need someone else’s help to set up or show them how to use a new computer, smartphone or other electronic device. And one-in-ten report they have little to no confidence in their ability to use these types of devices to do the things they need to do online. This report refers to those who say they experience either or both of these issues as having “lower tech readiness.” Some 30% of adults fall in this category. (A full description of how this group was identified can be found inChapter 3.)

These struggles are particularly acute for older adults, some of whom have had tolearn new tech skillsover the course of the pandemic. Roughly two-thirds of adults 75 and older fall into the group having lower tech readiness – that is, they either have little or no confidence in their ability to use their devices, or generally need help setting up and learning how to use new devices. Some 54% of Americans ages 65 to 74 are also in this group.

Americans with lower tech readiness have had different experiences with technology during the pandemic. While 82% of the Americans with lower tech readiness say the internet has been at least important to them personally during the pandemic, they are less likely than those with higher tech readiness to say the internet has been essential (39% vs. 66%). Some 21% of those with lower tech readiness say digital interactions haven’t been of much use in standing in for in-person contact, compared with 12% of those with higher tech readiness.

46% of parents with lower incomes whose children faced school closures say their children had at least one problem related to the ‘homework gap’

As school moved online for many families, parents and their children experienced profound changes. Fully 93% of parents with K-12 children at home say these children had some online instruction during the pandemic. Among these parents, 62% report that online learning has gone very or somewhat well, and 70% say it has been very or somewhat easy for them to help their children use technology for online instruction.

Still, 30% of the parents whose children have had online instruction during the pandemic say it has been very or somewhat difficult for them to help their children use technology or the internet for this.

The survey also shows that children from households with lower incomes who faced school closures in the pandemic have been especially likely to encounter tech-related obstacles in completing their schoolwork – a phenomenon contributing to the “homework gap.”

Overall, about a third (34%) of all parents whose children’s schools closed at some point say their children have encountered at least one of the tech-related issues we asked about amid COVID-19: having to do schoolwork on a cellphone, being unable to complete schoolwork because of lack of computer access at home, or having to use public Wi-Fi to finish schoolwork because there was no reliable connection at home.

This share is higher among parents with lower incomes whose children’s schools closed. Nearly half (46%) say their children have faced at least one of these issues. Some with higher incomes were affected as well – about three-in-ten (31%) of these parents with midrange incomes say their children faced one or more of these issues, as do about one-in-five of these parents with higher household incomes.

Prior Center work has documented this “homework gap” in other contexts – bothbefore the coronavirus outbreakandnear the beginning of the pandemic. In April 2020, for example, parents with lower incomes were particularly likely to think their children would face these struggles amid the outbreak.

Besides issues related to remote schooling, other changes were afoot in families as the pandemic forced many families to shelter in place. For instance, parents’ estimates of their children’s screen time – and family rules around this – changed in some homes. About seven-in-ten parents with children in kindergarten through 12th grade (72%) say their children were spending more time on screens as of the April survey compared with before the outbreak. Some 39% of parents with school-age children say they have become less strict about screen time rules during the outbreak. About one-in-five (18%) say they have become more strict, while 43% have kept screen time rules about the same.

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More adults now favor the idea that schools should provide digital technology to all students during the pandemic than did in April 2020

Americans’ tech struggles related to digital divides gained attention from policymakers and news organizations as the pandemic progressed.

On some policy issues, public attitudes changed over the course of the outbreak – for example, views on what K-12 schools should provide to students shifted. Some 49% now say K-12 schools have a responsibility to provide all students with laptop or tablet computers in order to help them complete their schoolwork during the pandemic, up 12 percentage points from a year ago.

The shares of those who say so have increased for both major political parties over the past year: This view shifted 15 points for Republicans and those who lean toward the GOP, and there was a 9-point increase for Democrats and Democratic leaners.

However, when it comes to views of policy solutions for internet access more generally, not much has changed. Some 37% of Americans say that the government has a responsibility to ensure all Americans have high-speed internet access during the outbreak, and the overall share is unchanged from April 2020 – the first time Americans were asked this specific question about the government’s pandemic responsibility to provide internet access.4

Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say the government has this responsibility, and within the Republican Party, those with lower incomes are more likely to say this than their counterparts earning more money.

Video calls and conferencing have been part of everyday life

Americans’ own words provide insight into exactly how their lives changed amid COVID-19. When asked to describe the new or different ways they had used technology, some Americans mention video calls and conferencing facilitating a variety of virtual interactions – including attending events like weddings, family holidays and funerals or transforming where and how they worked.5 From family calls, shopping for groceries and placing takeout orders online to having telehealth visits with medical professionals or participating in online learning activities, some aspects of life have been virtually transformed:

“I’ve gone from not even knowing remote programs like Zoom even existed, to using them nearly every day.” – Man, 54

“[I’ve been] handling … deaths of family and friends remotely, attending and sharing classical music concerts and recitals with other professionals, viewing [my] own church services and Bible classes, shopping. … Basically, [the internet has been] a lifeline.”
– Woman, 69

“I … use Zoom for church youth activities. [I] use Zoom for meetings. I order groceries and takeout food online. We arranged for a ‘digital reception’ for my daughter’s wedding as well as live streaming the event.”–Woman, 44

When asked about video calls specifically, half of Americans report they have talked with others in this way at least once a week since the beginning of the outbreak; one-in-five have used these platforms daily. But how often people have experienced this type of digital connectedness varies by age. For example, about a quarter of adults ages 18 to 49 (27%) say they have connected with others on video calls about once a day or more often, compared with 16% of those 50 to 64 and just 7% of those 65 and older.

Even as video technology became a part of life for users, manyaccounts of burnoutsurfaced and some speculated that “Zoom fatigue” was setting in as Americans grew weary of this type of screen time. The survey finds that some 40% of those who participated in video calls since the beginning of the pandemic – a third of all Americans – say they feel worn out or fatigued often or sometimes from the time they spend on video calls.About three-quarters of those who have been on these calls several times a day in the pandemic say this.

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Fatigue is not limited to frequent users, however: For example, about a third (34%) of those who have made video calls about once a week say they feel worn out at least sometimes.

These are among the main findings from the survey. Other key results include:

Some Americans’ personal lives and social relationships have changed during the pandemic:Some 36% of Americans say their own personal lives changed in a major way as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Another 47% say their personal lives changed, but only a little bit.About half (52%) of those who say major change has occurred in their personal lives due to the pandemic also say they have used tech in new ways, compared with about four-in-ten (38%) of those whose personal lives changed a little bit and roughly one-in-five (19%) of those who say their personal lives stayed about the same.

Even as tech helped some to stay connected, a quarter of Americans say they feel less close to close family members now compared with before the pandemic, and about four-in-ten (38%) say the same about friends they know well. Roughly half (53%) say this about casual acquaintances.

The majority of those who tried to sign up for vaccine appointments in the first part of the year went online to do so:Despite early problems withvaccine rolloutandonline registration systems, in the April survey tech problems didnotappear to be major struggles for most adults who had tried to sign up online for COVID-19 vaccines. The survey explored Americans’ experiences getting these vaccine appointments and reveals that in April 57% of adults had tried to sign themselves up and 25% had tried to sign someone else up. Fully 78% of those who tried to sign themselves up and 87% of those who tried to sign others up were online registrants.

When it comes to difficulties with the online vaccine signup process, 29% of those who had tried to sign up online – 13% of all Americans – say it was very or somewhat difficult to sign themselves up for vaccines at that time. Among five reasons for this that the survey asked about, the most commonmajorreason was lack of available appointments, rather than tech-related problems. Adults 65 and older who tried to sign themselves up for the vaccine online were the most likely age group to experience at least some difficulty when they tried to get a vaccine appointment.

Tech struggles and usefulness alike vary by race and ethnicity.Americans’ experiences also have varied across racial and ethnic groups. For example, Black Americans are more likely than White or Hispanic adults to meet the criteria for having “lower tech readiness.”6 Among broadband users, Black and Hispanic adults were also more likely than White adults to be worried about paying their bills for their high-speed internet access at home as of April, though the share of Hispanic Americans who say this declined sharply since April 2020. And a majority of Black and Hispanic broadband users say they at least sometimes have experienced problems with their internet connection.

Still, Black adults and Hispanic adults are more likely than White adults to say various technologies – text messages, voice calls, video calls, social media sites and email – have helped them a lot to stay connected with family and friends amid the pandemic.

Tech has helped some adults under 30 to connect with friends, but tech fatigue also set in for some.Only about one-in-five adults ages 18 to 29 say they feel closer to friends they know well compared with before the pandemic. This share is twice as high as that among adults 50 and older. Adults under 30 are also more likely than any other age group to say social media sites have helped a lot in staying connected with family and friends (30% say so), and about four-in-ten of those ages 18 to 29 say this about video calls.

Screen time affected some negatively, however. About six-in-ten adults under 30 (57%) who have ever made video calls in the pandemic say they at least sometimes feel worn out or fatigued from spending time on video calls, and about half (49%) of young adults say they have tried to cut back on time spent on the internet or their smartphone.


What is the best solution to solve this pandemic? ›

Help Stop the Spread of Coronavirus and Protect Your Family
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wash your hands often with plain soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
  • Avoid crowds and practice social distancing (stay at least 6 feet apart from others).
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How technology help us in this pandemic? ›

Online Grocery and Contactless Payment

Even though the pandemic forces us to stay home, our need for groceries will not be affected. Grocery shopping might be a task some people tend to avoid, even if most grocery stores ensure proper safety protocols. As a result, online grocery shopping has become more popular.

What is the importance of social media during pandemic? ›

A major advantage of social media and other digital platforms is the ease of access to information. This easy accessibility presents ample opportunity for education. Such provision of key information can help reduce the mental health consequences of the pandemic.

How much of the world is without internet? ›

An estimated 37 per cent of the world's population – or 2.9 billion people – have still never used the Internet.
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How do you overcome pandemic challenges? ›

Steps to effective problem solving
  1. Define the problem.
  2. Think of as many solutions as possible, no matter how silly they may seem.
  3. Consider the pros and cons of each solution.
  4. Choose a solution to try.
  5. Plan how you are going to implement the chosen solution.
  6. Carry out the solution.
  7. Review how it went.

How does this pandemic affect your thoughts and feelings about yourself? ›

Even if you're at home with family, the reality of social isolation can still trigger loneliness, sadness, and anxiety. You may also find that spending all day, every day with your family is stressful and creates challenges, no matter how much you love them.

How has Internet changed our lives? ›

The Internet has also changed the way we interact with our family, friends, and life partners. Now everyone is connected to everyone else in a simpler, more accessible, and more immediate way; we can conduct part of our personal relationships using our laptops, smart phones, and tablets.

How technology has affected our lives? ›

Technology affects almost every aspect of 21st century life, from transport efficiency and safety to access to food and healthcare, socialization and productivity. The power of the internet has enabled global communities to form, and ideas and resources to be shared more easily.

How online technologies changing the way we live? ›

Technology has simplified our lives in several ways including providing on-the-go services, easy access to information, internet of things, improved entertainment services, advanced communication tools and has always encouraged creativity, talent and innovations enhancing productivity and efficiency.

How does pandemic affect communication? ›

The lack of training in communication skills and its influence on the management of difficult periods was another important finding. Communication in general deteriorated during the pandemic, especially during the initial waves.

What is the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic? ›

If not properly addressed through policy the social crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic may also increase inequality, exclusion, discrimination and global unemployment in the medium and long term.

How does Covid impact the society? ›

COVID-19 changed the way we communicate, care for others, educate our children, work and more. Experts from UAB weigh in on these changes. Over the past two years, the world has seen a shift in behaviors, the economy, medicine and beyond due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can we live without the internet nowadays? ›

Living with no internet is indeed a possibility and a reality for many. We're pretty lucky to have limitless internet connection and if you're thinking of living with no internet at home, I'm going to show you how to survive without wifi.

What would life be like without the internet? ›

Without the web, we'd be sleeping better, socialising more and we would be more active. The connectivity it gives us is also exploited by those who wish us harm: cybercrime, cyberterrorism and cyberbullying would all disappear in a webless world.

Why is life hard without internet? ›

In life-without-internet-land, you'd be back to a standard check book and calling your bank to find out your balance. It also means paying bills would take much longer, as banks would also be less connected. Social life: Hanging out with friends would go back to the methods of yesteryear.

How do you deal with stress in a pandemic essay? ›

Many health centers provide or give access to online mental health services.
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  1. Self-care, not school work, should be your No. 1 priority. ...
  2. Set healthy boundaries with your loved ones. ...
  3. Set boundaries with yourself. ...
  4. Create a happy workspace. ...
  5. Follow a daily routine.

What are the challenges students face during lockdown? ›

Students have been affected psychologically by school closures, lack of equipment to participate in courses, being unable to access online materials from home and being unable to leave home for a long time (Apriyanti, 2020).

What you feel in this pandemic? ›

Many people may have mental health concerns, such as symptoms of anxiety and depression during this time. And feelings may change over time. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling helpless, sad, angry, irritable, hopeless, anxious or afraid.

How does the pandemic affect mental health of students? ›

20% of college students say their mental health has worsened…” Read more. “Nearly three in 10 (29%) say their child is “already experiencing harm” to their emotional or mental health because of social distancing and closures.

What has the impact of the pandemic been on mental health? ›

What we found. While adults and young people have struggled with loneliness, young people were more likely to say that loneliness made their mental health worse during the pandemic. Young people are also more likely to use negative coping mechanisms, like self-harm and spending too much time on social media.

How did pandemic affect students? ›

The pandemic had also caused psychological stress among the students, making it difficult for them to focus on studying. They expressed feelings of anxiety, burnout, loneliness, homesickness, grief, and hopelessness.

Why internet is so important in our life? ›

The internet offers a collection of important services and resources that are essential to daily living. By utilizing the internet, people are able to progress in almost all spheres of life. As it's a worldwide organization of the computer network, it can link people from all over and create communities.

Why is internet important nowadays? ›

The internet helps us with facts and figures, information and knowledge for personal, social and economic development. There are many uses of the internet, however, the use of the internet in our daily life depends on individual requirements and goals.

What are the benefits of internet? ›

There are multiple advantages of the Internet, below is given a list of benefits of the Internet.
  • Connectivity, communication, and sharing. ...
  • Information, knowledge, and learning. ...
  • Address, mapping, and contact information. ...
  • Selling and making money. ...
  • Banking, bills, and shopping. ...
  • Donations and funding. ...
  • Entertainment.

What are the positive and negative effects of technology in today's life? ›

What are the effects of technology? It has both positive and negative effect. Some of them are increasing satisfaction, better communication channels, eliminating geographical boundaries and some negatives are obesity, health issues, sleep problems, etc.

How will technology affect the future of our society? ›

It affects the life of people and changes the way of their learning, thinking, and communication. It plays a major role in society, and now it is very tough to imagine the life without technology. Both technology and society are co-related, co-dependent, co-influence with each other.

How does technology affect your life as a student? ›

A very important technological impact on education is increased interactivity and class engagement. In addition, better overall comprehension, practical learning, time management, and combined learning methodologies are just some of the impacts that technology has had on student learning.

What is the advantage and disadvantages of Internet? ›

Advantages of the Internet:

As anyone can access the computer this made people by stripping away geographical barriers and sharing information instantaneously. Communication Forum: The speed of communication becomes faster which is obtained through the web. Families and friends can confine touch easily.

How has Internet changed our lives essay? ›

The Internet also changed the way to communicate with our family, friends and life partner. Now everyone is connected to everyone in a simpler, more accessible, and more immediate, we can participate in our personal relationship using our laptops, tablets and smartphones.

What are the positive and negative effects of Internet? ›

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  • The Pros.
  • Boost connectivity. The internet is a global networking platform and the guiding light of today's technology. ...
  • Enhanced communication. ...
  • Promote education. ...
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  • Social life problems. ...
  • Cybercrimes. ...
  • Developmental effects.
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What are the challenges in communication this pandemic? ›

In this webinar, we will discuss four challenges to communicating successfully during the COVID-19 pandemic including: (1) the need for clear, consistent, credible and apolitical communication (CCCaP); (2) how various types of informational uncertainty challenge CCCaP; (3) how misinformation challenges CCCaP and how it ...

How has the Internet changed the way we view and access information? ›

The internet has removed all communication barriers, creating an open world with easy, instant and endless communication practices and possibilities. We do not even need a PC to communicate online, thanks to our mobile phones. Art, knowledge and cultural processes make way across the world with much ease.

Why does Covid impact people differently? ›

Some individuals who contract COVID-19 have what is called a “cytokine storm,” which is an aggressive immune response that leads to even higher levels of inflammation. Second, as the Radiolab podcast discussed, people who have chronic inflammation seem to be affected more severely by COVID-19.

How does pandemic affect poverty? ›

"Job losses, increased pressures of care and domestic work, reduced hours and strains on both physical and mental health have contributed to the disproportionate socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 for women globally. Gender-based violence has also intensified since the pandemic began."

How does a pandemic affect the economy? ›

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said the global economy contracted by 3.1% in 2020. 6 Mandatory lockdowns around the world significantly impacted job security, spending, and the production of goods and services—leading, among other things, to the stock market crashing.

Who does Covid affect the most? ›

Older age. People of any age can catch COVID-19 . But it most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults. The risk of developing dangerous symptoms increases with age, with those who are age 85 and older are at the highest risk of serious symptoms.

What is the biggest impact of Covid? ›

The High Cost of Health Care

This costly spending causes financial hardship for more than 900 million people and pushes nearly 90 million people into extreme poverty every year – a dynamic almost certainly exacerbated by the pandemic.

How the pandemic has changed the education? ›

Schools were closed and children were confined to their houses. The education of around 360 million students was hampered in India alone!. We shifted to an alternative education mode but that alternative was not accessible to all.

What has the pandemic taught you about yourself? ›

Boundaries are key. I learned setting healthy boundaries is a crucial form of self-care that is not always easy. I still have to work at it, but now I am trying to set boundaries about how I spend my time and what commitments are achievable for me. I prioritize people and activities that fill my cup.

What are the benefits of no internet? ›

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  • Reduces Stress and Anxiety. Unplugging from technology is like a reboot for your brain. ...
  • Opportunity to Focus on Appreciation and Gratitude. ...
  • Provides More Time for Simple Pleasures. ...
  • Reduces Feelings of Loneliness. ...
  • Connect with the Natural World. ...
  • Allows You to Be Present.
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What will happen if the world lost the internet? ›

First of all, anything with “web,” “cloud,” “smart,” and “live” would become useless and non-functional. A lot of apps on your phone or computer rely on internet access to do what you want them to do. With the entire internet gone, they would be left adrift.

Can you live a life without technology Why? ›

Yes, for most people, tech is not something we give a second thought to, but some people literally can't live without technology – and we aren't being dramatic. For some people, the existence of technology is the difference between silence and laughter, loneliness and interaction, and even life and death.

Can you live a life without technology? ›

We would probably acknowledge that it is possible to physically survive without technology. But we'd likely also say going a day without technology would be unrealistic and incredibly inconvenient. Thankfully, technology is everywhere.

Can you live without computer or the internet? ›

It would be so difficult to spend a life without computers. We would not be aware of technology or what things are being discovered. We could get information by newspaper, television, radio or some other medium but on computers we can get it in detail.

Is internet making life easier? ›

The Internet has also changed the way we interact with our family, friends, and life partners. Now everyone is connected to everyone else in a simpler, more accessible, and more immediate way; we can conduct part of our personal relationships using our laptops, smart phones, and tablets.

Does the internet make life easier? ›

Friends and family in other countries whom we could only be reached via letter or a very expensive phone call were suddenly so easy to reach. Nowadays, technological advancements such as video chatting services like Zoom and Facetime enable us to communicate with one another quickly – anytime, anywhere.

What are the possible solutions to lessen the cases of the COVID-19? ›

What can I do to protect myself and others from COVID-19?
  • Wear a face mask in public indoor spaces.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and others.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Socialize outdoors.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted as soon as you are eligible.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

What can u do to prevent COVID-19? ›

Wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you arrive. Maintain a social distance of a metre at all times.
  1. Keep a safe distance of a metre from others.
  2. Carry a sanitiser / wash your hands frequently with water and soap.
  3. Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or has symptoms.

How do you prevent and control the COVID-19? ›

Even with the introduction of vaccinations as a tool for prevention against COVID-19 and the proper use of masks, CDC recommends the following key COVID-19 preventative activities: 7— avoiding crowded spaces or spaces that have poor ventilation or wear a mask in these spaces; performing proper hand hygiene; keeping ...

What are the possible alternative solution for COVID-19? ›

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have evolved exponentially in the world. Possible preventive steps for disease control include more mask use, hand sanitization, and social distancing. There is no antiviral therapy and only symptomatic care. Many inhibitors of HIV protease and other antimalarial drugs have tested.

What are the best practices in this time of pandemic? ›

Wash your hands with an alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer. Do not touch your nose, mouth, or your eyes. Try to stay 6 feet apart from others.

Can I get Covid twice? ›

Reinfection with the virus that causes COVID-19 means a person was infected, recovered, and then later became infected again. After recovering from COVID-19, most individuals will have some protection from repeat infections. However, reinfections do occur after COVID-19.

Why do some people not get Covid? ›

One in ten people may have a gene mutation that allows antibodies and T cells to be at the ready—which they developed when they contracted other coronaviruses, like the common cold—to immediately fight off COVID-19.

How long does Covid last? ›

Most people who test positive with any variant of COVID-19 typically experience some symptoms for a couple weeks. People who have long COVID-19 symptoms can experience health problems for four or more weeks after first being infected, according to the CDC.

Do dogs get Covid? ›

The virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals during close contact. Pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19. The risk of pets spreading COVID-19 to people is low.

Why do I keep getting Covid? ›

Having a previous infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 offers some protection from future illness. However, people who have had previous infections can still be reinfected and get severe COVID-19, especially if their previous infection was months ago or with a different variant (e.g., Delta variant).

How did Covid 19 affect the society? ›

The pandemic impacts all aspects of society

Millions of girls might not be going back – putting them at risk of adolescent pregnancy, child marriage and violence. Businesses closed too, leading to the equivalent of 400 million full-time jobs lost in terms of working hours.

What is the fastest way to recover from Covid at home? ›

Most people with coronavirus (COVID-19) or symptoms of COVID-19 feel better within a few weeks.
Treating a high temperature
  1. get lots of rest.
  2. drink plenty of fluids (water is best) to avoid dehydration – drink enough so your pee is light yellow and clear.
  3. take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you feel uncomfortable.


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