Come closer: digital connectedness and well-being in a pandemic and beyond
2022-09-23, 17:15–17:45, Tesla

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to limits in social interaction and required us to distance ourselves physically from others. In many scenarios, physical contact and real-life social interaction has been replaced by digital connections. But presently, digital media are still only crude approximations of the real-life experience, leading to specific problems such as Zoom fatigue or VR sickness and generally failing to fully capture the range of human experience in the physical world. This talk will explore the challenge of developing better forms of digital interaction and ponder the question if the future will be more remote and digital, or less.


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to limits in social interaction and required us to distance ourselves physically from others. In many scenarios, physical contact and real-life social interaction has been replaced by digital connections. But presently, digital media are still only crude approximations of the real-life experience, leading to specific problems such as Zoom fatigue or VR sickness and generally failing to fully capture the range of human experience in the physical world. This talk will explore the challenge of developing better forms of digital interaction and ponder the question if the future will be more remote and digital, or less.