M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Anthropology
During the ongoing covid pandemic, people with underlying conditions that could become comorbidities were forced to retreat into their homes and were banned from social spaces if they wanted to survive. Those with capital could participate in online social spaces. With the push towards considering Covid an endemic disease, which by definition means repeated outbreaks, immunocompromised people will be forced to continually withdraw from social spaces. Virtual worlds and other digital communities may be helpful in dealing with the social isolation and anxiety caused by having to distance oneself in order to protect themselves. Virtual worlds are not a perfect solution, as there are problems such as harassment and accessibility that exist online.
Mac Donald, Hope, "Bowling online: introduction to Social Worlds in Second Life" (2022). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 7386.
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