Online events have become the norm. While this might have sounded impossible in 2019, it's come as no big surprise in 2020 and 2021. After one and a half years of digital happy hours, weddings, and reunions, we've started to wonder: what are the best and worst parts of having our social lives amid the digital age?
No doubt about it, virtual events have become the norm due to one main reason: safety. This is perhaps the biggest pro there is to Zoom parties, Google Hangout hangouts, and Microsoft Teams team buildings. Hosting large gatherings amid a pandemic is dangerous, and some people may not even be able to fully relax in order to enjoy themselves. Online gatherings, however, provide a safe alternative for groups to discuss ideas, bond, or talk things over.
Another benefit to such is the convenience of it. There's no more battle with Manila rush hour, no more struggling to find parking at a venue. Simply roll out of bed, prepare for the day, and log on! You can even multi-task. Got an event, but need to head to the bank? It's not a problem if you have reliable data or Wi-Fi and a handy cellphone to carry with you.
Depending on the situation, virtual events can also be more affordable than attending real events. The costs now mostly lie in electricity and Wi-Fi, whereas in-person events require gas or transportation fees, a budget for clothes, make-up, and everything in between.
There's also less awkwardness in virtual events most of the time. There's no expectation to chat up a stranger, you're simply at your home, with (or without) your camera turned on, maybe even cuddling with your pet. There's an essence of comfort and convenience that's difficult to find when you're out by yourself, at a networking event or a family reunion where you don't feel comfortable.