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COVID-19: Why fewer people are meeting and communicating offline

*Researchers say with technology facilitating social interactions, many consumers have found they prefer connecting online to meeting in real life

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Experts have said the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is fast changing the way people think about relationships worldwide.

According to psychologists, at least 20%-30% of their clients have expressed concern about meeting people offline.

Tech effect: And with technology facilitating social interactions, many have found they prefer connecting online to meeting in real life, reports Economic Times.

Some said they intend to meet fewer people even when things return to ‘normal’, according to report.

Alaokika Bharwani, a psychotherapist in Mumbai, India, said: “Spending so much time by themselves has made a lot of extroverts realise they could do with less social contact.

“They are valuing other things and are happier being at home.

“In a physical set up, you can’t shun a person if you are not sure how to respond to a situation.

Shivam Bhotika, a 22-year-old a software engineer from Kolkata, currently living in the same Indian city, stated: “Online, you can mute yourself, turn the camera off or just put your phone aside and say you had WiFi issues without sounding like you’re making dumb excuses.”

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