Why won’t we leave our Covid cages?
What happens when “social creatures are deprived of social contact”, asks Martha Gill in The Observer. It’s the type of experiment that would “get animal rights extremists in a lather” if conducted on monkeys, and yet for three years, we’ve happily tested it out on ourselves. The “main convener of community” – the workplace – has been split up, leaving us sequestered in our homes. Sure, remote working made sense during Covid. But when the “cage doors finally opened”, many of us refused to venture back out into the wild. In 2019, around 12% of Brits surveyed said they had worked from home in the previous seven days; that figure is now 40%, with 16% not going into the office at all.