During the pandemic people have been forced to do more online than ever before — from classes to conversations with friends and family — and most have discovered how limited and empty online life can be. There is a clear cultural turning, visible now even in the mainstream, that goes beyond a desire to spend less time on screens.
People are also beginning to reject the posturing of the consumer culture and its work-and-spend treadmill, wanting instead to slow down, to cultivate deeper relationships and to engage in more community-oriented and nature-based activities.
Informal networks of mutual aid are arising. Friends are gardening, cooking and baking bread together, families are choosing to live on the land and developing relationships with the animals and plants around them.Technology Is Not the Answer • Children’s Health Defense