The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship

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.