Cellphone Gathering

Being a connected and technology-oriented generation can mean forging better friendships than older generations.

This article contains opinion.

 

The last few weeks have been trying for our country and the rest of the world as the COVID-19 virus has slowly become a global pandemic. 

Coronavirus has become the latest disease to plague the world and caused all people to readjust their actions. 

The Bubonic plague and the Spanish flu are just some of the many outbreaks that have tried the human race throughout history. All these outbreaks caused a great deal of destruction and pain in their wake. 

While each pandemic may be different, they share many qualities. All of them affected entire countries and regions of the world and had the potential to be catastrophic to varying degrees. 

The infamous Bubonic plague, also known as the black plague, of the 1600s was one of the deadliest diseases to ever hit society. More than half of the world’s population perished in the wake of the disease. 

However, these pandemics can also bring about change and make us stronger and unite as a people. During the Bubonic plague, Isaac Newton isolated himself to his house and garden and took the time away as a time of learning and discovery. In doing so, he was able to discover the concept of gravity.

Newton is an example of how social distancing and isolation during times like these can be turned into a positive thing. We are now living in a time in which even in our isolation, we can still communicate with our friends and loved ones. 

Many college students have struggled with the imposed social distancing and are trying to take it in stride. 

“Social distancing requires us to make social sacrifices, and while it's definitely taking a toll on my mental health [and the mental health of the world], it is the best thing we can do right now to stop the spread of the Coronavirus and limit deaths,” Leah Natushko (senior, communications media) said.

While difficult, students everywhere are finding ways to overcome and adapt to life during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“My friends and I are still talking to each other fairly constantly,” Kaiya Reed (sophomore, anthropology and religious studies) said. 

“It's been rough not being able to physically spend time together like we did before all this.”

As one of the most connected generations in history, we are finding new ways to remain social in this time of social distancing.

 “I’ve been staying in contact with my friends over all forms of social media, from Snapchat to Instagram,” Liam Noble (junior, communications media) said. “It’s been a life saver since social distancing is huge in my area [Philadelphia].” 

While talking over social media may not be preferred to physical contact, some believe this can only help their relationships.

“I think the strongest friendships don't require constant connection, either, and can withstand time and distance,” Mackenzie Barr (sophomore, psychology) said.

While times like these are difficult for all and cause a great amount of stress on everyone, people have a way of overcoming the odds and coming out of these situations stronger than ever. 

With no clear end time for this pandemic, practicing healthy habits like communication can go a long way toward fighting the invisible enemy that threatens us all. 

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