Depression increased after the outbreak of the virus and sharp mental health shifts occurred as COVID-19 cases began to rise around the globe.
IEEE member Jonathan Gratch said that physical touch and the way people give social cues in-person versus through a video call is biologically beneficial for our brains. Without those forms of social interaction happening regularly, our loneliness meter increases.
“Video conferencing can be cognitively demanding, as it might supercharge some of the social stressors found in real-world interactions,” Gratch added. “The fact that you see yourself makes you more aware of your appearance and reactions and increases your ‘impression management’. This is a known stressor.”
Another difficulty with video conferencing is our perception of screen boundaries. “For analog face-to-face, physically co-located interactions, our senses are not bounded by a screen border or controlled and mediated by a single camera angle or microphone placement,” said IEEE member Todd Richmond. “When we are in person, we are immersed in a space and that sense of immersion is something humans have learned and evolved to expect.”
Since we weren’t able to obtain the social interactions our bodies and brains were expecting or desiring during the COVID-19 crisis because of public safety concerns, robotics and virtual reality (VR) stepped in to fill the loneliness gaps.
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“Robot Friends” and VR for Loneliness during the Pandemic: Know what IEEE experts have to say
A result of the isolation that individuals have endured due to the COVID-19 pandemic includes feelings of loneliness and depression. To help those experiencing these types of feelings, technologists, researchers, and healthcare workers are tapping into the benefits of using “robot friends” and VR for loneliness.
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In the last ten years, we’ve witnessed a dramatic rise in the number of novel disease outbreaks globally. Leading pharmaceutical companies have been working rigorously to develop newer drugs to effectively counter these threats. The relentless pressure to innovate and produce medicines has pushed major drug companies to embrace digital technology. And as the pharma industry moves towards complete digitalization, the shadow of cyber threats now looms larger than ever. This is evident from the startling levels of sophistication in cybercrimes this millennium has seen already. Pharmaceutical companies need to be vigilant and proactive to prevent the security breaches caused by external as well as internal actors. A failure to keep data security measures updated can prove disastrous for drug companies in several ways.
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A ‘New Choice' For Parents Of Pre-Teens And Teens On YouTube
This generation of pre-teens and teens has grown up online, and it’s where they go to learn, laugh, and connect. Every family has a different approach to how they use technology, access the internet and set digital ground rules. Over the years, Google India has made investments to protect families and kids on YouTube, such as launching a dedicated YouTube Kids app, better protecting their privacy, restricting features and improving age restrictions. Recently, Google has announced a ‘new choice’ for parents who think that their pre-teens and teens are ready to explore YouTube with a supervised account.
A Big Shout Out To 32 New Games Added To Apple Arcade
The best collection of mobile games just got a lot bigger. Recently, Apple has added 32 incredible gaming titles from today’s most celebrated gaming franchises, brands, and creators to its popular gaming subscription service “Apple Arcade,” as well as announced two brand new categories: App Store Greats, and Timeless Classics.
Microsoft rolled out “Kids Mode” for Safe Browsing in Edge Browser
When kids are spending more time online nowadays, parents are equally more concerned about the incidental exposure of kids to inappropriate stuff. To address this issue, Microsoft has recently introduced “Kids Mode” — a convenient browsing mode inside Microsoft Edge that has been designed specifically for kids. This feature, however, is limited to US English on Windows and MacOS.
Teacher's Pet, Classroom Assistant Lady Bronwyn
Most of us have had that special cat—a heart cat with whom we had a deep connection. It may have been the cat we had as a child, or the one that saw us through a troubled time, or one with whom we bonded as we exhibited at cat shows. Whether the cat found us or we sought it out, those connections cannot be denied. These are the stories of some of those special cats and what they mean or meant to us.
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Crosby the Blind Cat
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Have you ever caught yourself wandering through a pet store and noticing all the pictures of the cats, dogs, and other assorted furry and feathered critters, and wonder, “How did they get there? My Fluffy is cuter than that. How can I get a piece of that action?”
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Living with cats pretty much means living with a fair amount of kitty barf. For most of us, hearing the unmistakable sound of a cat upchucking means you drop everything and run for the paper towels. But it could also mean there’s more to worry about than the risk of stepping in goo barefooted. Determining whether your vomiting cat needs more than a cleanup depends on a number of factors. It’s best to gather as much information as possible about what’s going on before you get your vet involved. So, before you call, try to have the answers to the following questions handy.