There are a variety of ways that the world is responding to this pandemic crisis, good and bad. Families are preparing meals and extra food to donate to those who don’t have access. Rather than hoarding their own, these families are ensuring that everyone feels taken care of during this time of self isolation. Also, families have been able to spend more quality time together, making the best out of it through funny videos on Snapchat and Tik Tok. On a larger scale, the environment has been benefiting from less human action. The canals in Venice are starting to run clear, and there has even been footage of dolphins in the water. The smog in China is lifting, showing blue skies for the first time in years. Less people out in NYC shows less litter in Times Square. People are spending more time alone in nature, appreciating its beauty on hikes, picnics, walks, and bike rides.
Focusing more on the returning college students, we have been staying in contact with our friend groups through Zoom chats (like online classes stay connected). Additionally, there are trends on Instagram and Snapchat stories to post videos of fun memories from this past year at school. A fear of many is losing the connections that were made at school, but technology has been working in our favor to diminish this fear. Another fear is getting out of shape or regressing back to poor eating habits. Online at-home workouts are being posted all over social media to inspire people to get moving at home and with their families.
In this globally connected world, pandemics are nothing new. It was comforting to read that diseases like SARS, the Black Plague, Influenza, and more all paralleled what we are going through now. There was fear, rapid spread and confusion, but finally, the end.
Creating this constraint map illustrated all the ways that this pandemic hinders our everyday lives, but there is an opportunity to transform these hindrances into innovation. End users want to feel happiness in their lives, and social responsibility can be a big part of that. Doing your part by donating food or money, social distancing, or even volunteering can allow someone to feel like they are living a full life. Also, while some may feel trapped at home, there is an opportunity to take time to work on personal goals, maybe even that New Years Resolution that you forgot you made. Rather than sit at home in fear, reflecting on the bad that is happening in the world, reflect on yourself and your character. What are things that you want to change about yourself? Being separated from society can be therapeutic, forcing yourself to reflect on who you are as a person. Another example is the usage of media. Younger generations aren’t watching Fox News or CNN, but they are constantly on social media. “Influencers” and famous young talent have been using their platforms to spread awareness about COVID-19 and what to do to help.
After completing this map, I felt more at ease with my situation living at home. I only saw the negatives–not seeing college friends, going out to eat, no more in person classes. However, there is more to social distancing than meets the eye.