An article published on March 13th of 2020 about current Google trends included a heartbreaking sentence: Searches for loneliness have peaked at the highest point in Trends history, since 2004.
Physical Touch: The Ghost of What Used to Be
As fears of the coronavirus and the virus itself engulf the world and social distancing becomes more important than family traditions, human contact, outside of one’s home, disappears from society’s landscape.
Grandmothers no longer kiss their grandchildren’s heads as they bake chocolate chip cookies together, getting more flour on the floor than in the dough. Friends no longer share a high-five or embrace and get together to vent about their day or to offer cheers on their latest accomplishments. There is plexiglass between customers and cashiers, creating a physical barrier that practically screams KEEP IT MOVING! And booths and tables at restaurants, bars, and pubs across the country sit empty, leaving a depressing visual reminder of the financial, mental, and emotional anguish of their owners.
The coronavirus crisis, in just a matter of weeks, transformed the life we once knew into a scene that resembles a movie, not our reality. We look out our windows and drive down the streets,