This article made me think about the casual connections that happen through in person church gatherings and to what degree that social benefit transfers online.
I can’t find the article I read a while ago, but it was something like how automobiles had affected the way we feel connect and have friends. It was saying that a large part of how communities are maintained is that we randomly bump into people throughout the day. Automobiles killed a lot of that for anyone living in the suburbs because you drive from point A to point B and you don’t interact with anyone, whereas before, you would walk and bump into acquaintances and friends along the way. I guess Covid has this impact too.