As I write this it is just a few days after Easter Sunday 2020. Like many others, I am working out of my home in the midst of the government mandated COVID-19 quarantine. It was odd celebrating Easter under quarantine. My Easter day began on the living room couch watching a streaming service of Easter Mass as it was broadcast from an eerily empty church. Shortly after that I spent time texting friends and catching up on the prior day’s social media posts on LinkedIn and Facebook. That was followed by an afternoon connecting with my grown-up kids, grandkids, elderly parents and extended family over group video conferencing calls. Just picture all of the videoconferencing memes you have ever seen all playing out in real life in a single day. It was a bit comical at times as 20 family members attempted to converse on a single call, but even with an age gap of over 70 years among the participants, the technology worked. Maybe many of you reading this had a similar experience.
Clearly, the role and use of technology in our daily lives expanded during this pandemic. It has been further adopted by the majority of the population and across all generations. Technology has been a bright spot in helping us through a difficult time. It was primarily technology that made it possible for us to stay somewhat connected to our families, friends, businesses and customers during many weeks of quarantine. Technology provided the platforms for us to continue to communicate. It has made it possible for many of us to work from home, and to keep critical parts of the economy and our own organizations functioning. It has provided the primary platform(s) for our news and our entertainment. Technology has allowed us to feel and be somewhat connected, even when we are required to be physically isolated.