Were you aware of the virus that hit before Covid#19 spread and changed our world — the one that’s still raging and cannot be cured by a vaccine?
This virus causes the user to stop talking to others face to face. It results in eye strain from late nights when the user cannot switch off the device. It worries parents about what those users are looking at. It makes children shout several times before their parents are aware someone’s talking to them. I’ve even observed a couple on a date sitting opposite each other in a restaurant who didn’t look or speak to each other once, but their thumbs never stopped moving.
One of the last times I rode on the skytrain downtown into Vancouver before the latest virus hit us, I remember seeing most of the passengers silent, with their heads bowed. But there was this one rare couple. Do you know what they were doing?
They were talking and laughing with each other! I soaked up this rare phonomime and still wonder — is it a dying skill?