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8 Main Changes We Will See In The Social Norms Post-Covid-19

Lisa JacksonJuly 8, 2021, ,

The COVID-19 Pandemic created a new way of life borne out of medical necessity. With this new way of life going on for two years, we have to wonder how this will affect people’s social lives as they attempt to return to normalcy. 

Between habits developed with SOPs and public information, the behavior of people, and their expectation from others has evolved too. What is appropriate now is differing from what was considered appropriate before.

Many believe we will witness certain changes in social behaviors in the post-COVID-19 World. Let’s attempt to grasp the changes we will witness in social norms post-covid-19.

Digital Infrastructures and Norms in Education

Jacob Villa, the Co-Founder and Marketing Director of School Authority, says the digital infrastructures will come under more focus and possibly change the norms in traditional education, “The global pandemic has exposed the weakness of existing methodologies and platforms for education. Although some countries were quick to adapt, there were others that lagged behind to the detriment of student-learners. As the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic slowly dies down, it is almost absolutely certain that there will be a renewed emphasis on the importance of improving existing internet infrastructures for education all around the globe.”

  1. Online Classes and Meetings Will Become More Common

“In terms of norms in education, there are some projections that online classes and meetings will now become much more common. Instead of being considered as an emergency measure specifically devised for the pandemic, it is probable that this development will soon become a common component of most educational methodologies and infrastructure. This makes sense considering that we are currently living in an era defined by information technology. Thus, we should probably expect the next generation to be more familiar with how to virtually raise their hands, use virtual backgrounds, and share their screens for class reports or presentations.”

Jacob Villa, Co-Founder and Marketing Director School Authority

“COVID-19 is a pandemic that has not only changed the lifestyle of a person, but also there is a change in their mental growth. As everything has cons and pros, similarly social isolation has, which is made mandatory due to the outbreak by this pandemic.”

  1. Remote Work Preference

“People became habitual by working from home ways and now they don’t prefer to go to office and work.” says Robin Madelaine.

  1. Student Social Skills Stunted

“Student psychological development led to a halt, where they necessary to go to schools and universities for their expansion of strong social skills and friendships and they learn how to stay connected to their society.  So, returning to a normal routine has converted to a new-fangled encounter for the world in 2021-2022.”

Robin Madelaine, digital consultant and marketing strategist at Kelly Search

“The return to normal life after COVID-19 is going to be difficult for many people. After two years of isolation, there will be some changes to social norms that we can expect.” says Justin Brown, the CEO of Ideapod, “In my view, there are three primary shifts we can expect to see in social norms post-COVID:

  1. More Shyness

“Spending so much time alone or only with loved ones will cause many people to become more shy. Normal situations that used to be friendly and open may be slightly more reserved.”

  1. Rude Reactions

“COVID has been a very stressful and trying time for many folks. I believe that it will become more normal for people to be a bit more direct and brazen in their interactions post-COVID. The good side is that there will be more upfront honesty and plain talk; the bad side is that ruder reactions and anger may be more common as well.”

  1. Impatience

“Being able to do what you want at home has cut down many people's patience. Expect folks to be a bit more entitled in public and not as tolerant of lines and delays.”

Justin Brown, CEO and Co-Founder of Ideapod

  1. Avoiding Handshakes

“From a historical perspective, humans have always used physical greetings (like handshakes) because they are almost embedded in our DNA. We've been doing them since eons ago, and they have deep cultural and psychological roots, making it harder for us to forego ancient traditions. However, we will need to readjust to the new social norms, even if it's just for a brief moment in history.”

Sam Shepler, CEO of Testimonial Hero

  1. Social Circles Shrinking

“One social norm that I noticed over the past year is how social circles are shrinking and more pods have formed, particularly between travelers. Over the course of the pandemic, we have become pickier about who we choose to spend time with. Whether it's attitudes towards vaccination or other pandemic-related difference of opinion, the past year has reduced the size of our social circles.”

Sharon Van Donkelaar, CMO at Expandi

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