Faces pop up on your screen. Lips start moving and someone shouts ‘You are still muted’. You know the drill. The meeting commences, information gets exchanged, even a few jokes are made, but we all feel it. There is a certain disconnect in this digital world. Is there anything we can do to bridge the gap? UT experts discuss why there is such a difference between communicating online and in person.
The lockdown and months of limited physical contact have led many people to experience so called ‘skin hunger’. This touch starvation is no trivial matter, explains UT professor Jan van Erp. ‘Many people didn’t realize how important social touch is. It is embedded in our bodies.’