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Refresher: How to Interact with People Again
We’ve been in isolation a long time. Now that we’re finally getting back out into the world, some of our interactions with others have been less than smooth. Here are a few helpful reminders to get back into the groove of being a functioning member of society.
PEOPLE CAN SEE YOUR LOWER HALF NOW
We’re all guilty of only dressing for Zoom calls from the waist up, but the time for hard pants has come once again. While you may still be able to pull off the pandemic uniform for a late-night grocery run—rubber ducky print pajama pants and crocs—in many other contexts this look is reverting back to the official outfit of the visibly unhinged parent angrily picking up their teenager from a boy-girl party where there’s clearly been drinking going on.
You’re not on Zoom anymore, so we can smell you
In the confines of our homes, who didn’t let their hygiene slip a little? Without the expectations of daily human interaction, some of us got away with being fairly disgusting. But those good times are over, and we must return to regular maintenance to avoid an awkward discussion with HR. Make sure you’ve showered within the last few days before venturing into public spaces. Like masking up, it’s more for the people around you.
GOOD CONVERSATION IS AN ART
There’s a certain flow to a good conversation. If someone asks you a question, answer and then ask a question back. There should be a natural, tennis-like volley that’s different from talking to your pets or verbalizing your thoughts aloud to nobody. Remember, if your convo ever comes to a standstill, you can always rely on the universal shared experience we’ve all just gone through—binge-watching Tiger King and The Queen’s Gambit.
WHEN IN DOUBT, PLAY IT COOL
Of course we missed seeing the people we know, but how long has it been since you met someone new? Our social circles have been in full hibernation. Try to recall what it was like in the old world, acting casual at first and gradually revealing yourself over time. When introduced to a new person, it’s acceptable to begin by saying something like, nice to meet you. Don’t open the interaction by blurting out oh boy! or I love you! Though I guess, I mean, that’s cool too?
THERE ARE NO LIKES OR RETWEETS IN-PERSON
Much of our time over the past year and a half has been spent online, but the way you interact in those spaces is quite different. If you’re talking to someone in-person who expresses a distasteful opinion on a hot button issue, dunking on them won’t get you any likes or retweets. It might just get you a drink thrown in your face. When you’re talking in person, there’s no longer a secondary audience to cheer for you or leap to your defense, so remember to be respectful. Maybe this is something worth carrying with you when you’re back online too.
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