Unpopular Opinion | 2020 Wasn't All Bad

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Nataizya Kaluba December 31, 2020

Undoubtedly, one of the greatest lessons 2020 taught the world is that most of our day-to-day activities do not have to be carried out physically. Yes, our hands were forced and we had to shove this down our throats, but what we discovered is that we can digitalize practically everything. It was interesting to watch the world adjust itself and settle into new ways of doing things.

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We have all been shown just how important IT knowledge and computer science are, because they are essentially what have kept society from crumbling because of the pandemic. When we could not show up to keep things moving, they are what kept the ball rolling.

Because of the obvious necessity of computers these days, the basic skills have become something like math; we all need them regardless of what field we are specialized in. This is a positive, because now an increased number of people have to know how to operate a computer at base level. Considering the future is highly digital, that is great for society.

It is an understatement to say adapting to this new lifestyle has been difficult, and it has been harder for some than others, owing to differences in exposure and access to resources. But one could argue that collectively, life has been made easier and somewhat more convenient. Think about it, we do not have to make long queues to get errands, like taking deposits at the bank and handing in applications, done anymore. Of course, these are services that have been available online already, but in comparison to now, that was on a smaller scale. Now, because of fewer alternatives, more institutions have adopted this as the primary way of doing things. Work meetings can also be taken in the living room, and we do not have to leave the house to attend classes. All this plays into convenience.

The pandemic has nudged, or more accurately, shoved us, into the digital space faster than we had anticipated. All imaginations of the future include a highly digitalized world. We have, for a long time, expected to move steadily towards a computerized society. This much change in such a short space of time was unanticipated.

"The pandemic has nudged, or more accurately, shoved us, into the digital space faster than we had anticipated."

From the obvious having to wear masks everywhere, to not being able to have large social gatherings, to not being able to do basic things like handshakes or hugs without a second thought, our lives changed in ways nobody could have foreseen. It’s been tasking to adapt, yes. But the stretching that we have forcibly done has granted us growth. That is too significant to dismiss.