The activities that young people used to rely on for stability and joy have been interrupted. Most extracurricular clubs and birthday parties are cancelled. The same goes for the graduation ceremony and the homecoming ceremony. Students spend most of their time staring at the “zoom” screen. Many people said that because there are no school activities and traditions to look forward to, they are trying to get up in the morning.
“Everything is stagnating now,” said 15-year-old Ayden Hufford, a sophomore in Rye, a suburb north of New York City, and his school now integrates face-to-face Study and distance learning. “There is nothing to expect. In virtual days, I sit on the computer for three hours, eat lunch, walk around, sit for three hours, and then end the day. This is just a cycle.”
Ayden identified himself as an avid “drama kid” and looked forward to his school drama and science Olympiad. With these questions, he turned to the most recent online meeting to seek inspiration from the Student Leadership Committee. But this proved to be frustrating, because it was difficult for him to maintain an interactive conversation with Zoom.
He said: “I put down the camera and waited for the lens to finish.” “It’s sad and lonely.” He added that it is almost impossible to establish new connections with classmates in a virtual environment: “Unless you work very hard, otherwise This year there will be no chance to make new friends.”
Isolation is especially challenging for young people who suffer from chronic anxiety or depression and usually rely on social circles for comfort. Nicole DiMaio, who recently turned 19, has developed various techniques over the years to control his anxiety. She talks with friends, hugs her mother, exercises and reads books-so much that her family calls her Princess Belle, such as the protagonist of “Beauty and the Beast”. But nothing seemed to work in the first few months of the pandemic.
Nicole’s mother fell ill with Covid in late March after taking care of a coronavirus patient at Coney Island Hospital, where she worked as a nurse. Nicole becomes the caretaker of her mother and family. She wakes up at 5 a.m. every day, cleans the house, takes care of her sister, and cooks protein-rich foods that she squeezed outside the door of her mother’s bedroom while doing homework. Her mother didn’t want her lungs to ventilate, so every time she went to the emergency room for medical treatment, Nicole worried that she might never come back.