Thursday, April 15, 2021

The return to “ normal ” is going to be so awkward

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The vaccines are there, unemployment is falling and the pandemic is coming to an end. These are obviously good things. Still, the thought of going back to “normal” can seem daunting. This is because our brains haven’t been used to being in crisis mode for so long. All of this anxiety and uncertainty that has built up over the past year will take time to dissipate.

This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED science writer Matt Simon joins us to talk about the psychology of re-entry anxiety, and WIRED service editor Alan Henry offers some tips on how to deal with it.

Show Notes

Read Matt Simon’s story on the psychology of returning to “normal” here. Read Adrienne So’s story about the FOMO vaccine here.

recommendations

Alan recommends the game Monster Hunter Rise. Matt recommends the show People do nothing. Mike recommends Hari Kunzru’s podcast In the zone. Lauren recommends the movie Threatening.

Alan Henry can be found on Twitter @halophenix. Matt Simon is @mrMattSimon. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar keys.

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