Young people everywhere prepare to live the ‘new normal’

Young people everywhere prepare to live a new normal - Photo 1.

Vietnamese students in Europe are backpacking in Italy in August 2021 in the “new normal” – Photo: BA DUONG

Welcoming new days, each person prepares a new attitude.

Will consider when going to the coffee shop

Counting every hour to September 15, friend Huu Hoang (28 years old, Phu Nhuan district) said that he had injected a vaccine, so he was excited to be in the category of being granted a “vaccine green card”.

“I really miss the feeling of being able to drive on the bustling streets of Saigon, eating at a restaurant or sitting in coffee chatting, being able to wrap my arms around my best friends…

Of course, these things will still be very “luxurious” in the future, but at least I will be able to eat and drink the foods that I have “abstained” for months such as broken rice, beef noodle soup through online ordering”, Huu Hoang said. revealed after a series of days working from home and suffering from limited cooking ability.

When asked about the “separate” items later, you confirmed that it would be a bottle of hand sanitizer and a face mask and anti-droplet glasses. You consider it a must in the “new normal” to protect yourself and those you know.

Similar to Huu Hoang, Ngoc My (21 years old, a student at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Minh City) said that she is very excited to see her colleagues and friends again after a long time hanging around the house.

“I hope to work part-time again because my savings have been exhausted and the cost of living has increased recently. I read the newspapers and saw that some countries like Singapore, Malaysia … give people two shots of vaccines. I’m allowed to go to cafes and restaurants, but I think I will limit these activities myself, wait until early next year to be safe and save money,” Ngoc My shared.

The saddest thing is that in the future, there will be no more opportunities to participate in Union and Association activities because everyone is obsessed with the pandemic and its variations. About to graduate, Ngoc My and many of her peers are also worried because they don’t know how the upcoming recruitment activities will take place…

Some female friends revealed that the “secret” of laughing to tears is that the cost of cosmetics has decreased significantly in the past time. “All communication with my boyfriend is through online so perfume, lipstick, blush… haven’t had a chance to use it for a few months.

I think it will take half a year to buy a new one because in the coming months, everyone regardless of men and women will definitely wear masks wherever they are but at home,” – Ngoc An, a bank employee, confirmed.

Urgently find ways to “detox” (detox) technology!

Such is the situation in the country, and abroad, what thoughts and concerns do young people have when returning to a “new normal” life?

After a long time attaching himself to technology devices because this is a rare choice for entertainment activities during the period of social distancing, friend Jonathan (25 years old, USA) said that he has struggled to cope. can reduce the time using the phone, laptop. It looks simple at first, but it’s actually quite challenging.

A survey of 3.1 million workers conducted by Harvard Business School (USA) has shown that when working from home during the pandemic, we spend 48 minutes more time at work each day than we do when working from home. traditional work.

Besides, when we are forced to go online more, it is easier to become “victims” of persuasive technology. It can be roughly understood that applications, social networks … will understand users better as the time and experiences we spend with them become more and more.

And when technology has “very understanding” of users, can we easily leave them – things that bring a sense of comfort, empathy, sometimes even more than the real world? Technology is not bad, but attaching life to them will certainly have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of young people later on.

Jonathan also said it takes you a few weeks to really adjust to life after the gap. Specifically, you are still not used to meeting without shaking hands with male colleagues as before, and must minimize communication with people because it is not clear who has been vaccinated and who has not.

Skills: online learning is less effective

Long-term online learning has also become a worry for many young Westerners. Fortune magazine (USA) in an article in the early summer of 2021 said that in the US, 20% of students at all levels do not have computers or Internet connections for distance learning.

And many studies show that online learning is difficult to help young people hone many skills with the traditional classroom model.

Some young people in Europe said that although they have been able to exercise and travel to some places, the general mentality is wariness and anxiety.

“Wearing masks for too long makes me and my friends feel insecure when standing near someone who is not wearing a mask. Currently I often refuse face-to-face meetings and switch to video calls even though I know it will be difficult to have as much fun.” , Paulina – a young German journalist – shared.


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