Turks thrive on being social. They’re all the time partaking with their pals, household and the folks they’re related with; therefore, it would not be flawed to say that this social distancing factor is very arduous for them as a nation. They are the kind of those that love to make unannounced visits to their pals’ properties or workplaces, placing within the utmost effort to see them in individual. The hardest half for a lot of, particularly the aged, has been the restrict on ordinary visits to family members for tea or snacks and chats about every day life.
Naturally, the Corona Virus pandemic has pressured them to change the best way they work together. While they’re now not assembly up with their pals in cafes and paying residence visits, they’ve simply merely carried their habits to digital channels. And thus the idea of virtual houseguests was born.
Associate Dr. Ferah Onat, from Yaşar University’s Faculty of Communication, mentioned the fast unfold of the Corona Virus has restricted bodily interactions, and this has pushed folks to discover different methods to socialize.
Describing communication as one among our most elementary wants, Onat mentioned video calls by means of varied purposes has come to the rescue of individuals in such determined instances.
“As a society, we love to host company; we love home visits, and a very powerful motion towards sustaining our social relations and social standing has been hospitality for hundreds of years. However, right this moment we now have to keep in our properties due to the pandemic. In self-imposed quarantines, we’re seeing a major enhance in video calls by means of digital apps,” she mentioned.
Pointing out that digital media, in a manner, helps elevate a few of the boundaries in our interpersonal relations, Onat recalled the instances when Turks would pay visits to pals with TVs to sit, watch reveals and speak collectively within the evenings.
“In the previous, when not everybody had TVs of their homes, ‘teleguests’ (telesafir in Turkish, coined by sports activities commentator Halit Kıvanç) would come for a go to so we may watch all of it collectively. This time round, we’re internet hosting company by means of screens,” she mentioned.