OPINION: Five Techno-Pandemic Trends Changing Our Way of Life


It seems to be working best in higher education where virtual college students are typically more motivated and mature. It may be that good results are seen at the university level because online classes have been around there for longer.

There are still some lingering questions. If schools go 100% online, will teachers eventually be out-of-business? Will online education be just as good as what our kids get at local schools? Can artificial intelligence and machine learning play a role?    

3. Online Dating 

For months, social interaction has been curtailed. One of the breakthroughs of the techno-pandemic is the increase in online dating. Since social distancing and mask-wearing has become the norm, more singles are finding love online.

It has been a very busy time for Tinder, Match, OurTime, Bumble, and Plenty of Fish. Along with other online dating apps, video is being expanded to meet the desperate need to actually “see” the object of their affection. 

The dating sites used to be a way to connect. If there was interest, you followed up quickly with a meetup. But the days of meeting for the first time over coffee or a drink are being replaced more often with online video.