Missing the Interactions

The world pandemic has brought attention to the impact of loneliness on all of us.

It has been 8 weeks of working from home with my team, IJKL. We are now more than half way through this term at the Centre for Digital Media. As much as I wanted time to work alone on my tasks and assignments, I really miss working together with someone, instead of sitting at home at my desk by myself. I miss the interactions with my team and all the random chats we would have from time to time. The ironic thing is that I usually enjoy time alone, the “me time”, because I am a little introverted. I don’t feel lonely when I work on drawings myself. But this COVID-19 isolation has really hit me hard. I really feel lonely at home working long hours, sometimes even not realizing time flies by. 

Research shows that people have started to feel the effects of loneliness from the isolation practices in Canada. Ipsos conducted an online survey on behalf of Global News showing over half of Canadians (54%) feel lonely or isolated during isolation practices. Most of those feeling lonely were between the ages of 18-34 (68%). Overall in Canada, the percentage rose dramatically from 10% to 54% between June 2019 to April 2020. 

It has been 8 weeks of working from home with my team, IJKL. We are now more than half way through this term at the Centre for Digital Media. As much as I wanted time to work alone on my tasks and assignments, I really miss working together with someone, instead of sitting at home at my desk by myself. I miss the interactions with my team and all the random chats we would have from time to time. The ironic thing is that I usually enjoy time alone, the “me time”, because I am a little introverted. I don’t feel lonely when I work on drawings myself. But this COVID-19 isolation has really hit me hard. I really feel lonely at home working long hours, sometimes even not realizing time flies by. 

Research shows that people have started to feel the effects of loneliness from the isolation practices in Canada. Ipsos conducted an online survey on behalf of Global News showing over half of Canadians (54%) feel lonely or isolated during isolation practices. Most of those feeling lonely were between the ages of 18-34 (68%). Overall in Canada, the percentage rose dramatically from 10% to 54% between June 2019 to April 2020. 

We only have a few more weeks left of our summer term. On top of the research, our own feelings of isolation and loneliness made our team more desperate to develop this game to help young adults get the help they need to cope with loneliness.

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