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How Coronavirus lockdown made a ‘Zoom boom’ generation

I first realised just how quickly attitudes towards technology were changing when my mum told me, two days after lockdown began, that she had downloaded Skype.

She’s not exactly an early adopter – in fact, she has resolutely refused to video call anybody, ever, until now.

Lockdown has removed the luxury of choice for many of us. If you want to see your relatives, it has to be on screen.

As we get over the social awkwardness of the “Zoom boom” – when to mute that mic, when to stop talking – we’re realising that, for the most part, video chat works.

Whether it’s family reunions, pub quizzes, office meetings or even pet appointments with the vet, we can get together quickly without being in the same room – and there’s a good chance that is going to stick.

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