After 18 months of limited in-person social interaction, I have forgotten the art of conversation. Or, worse, it may be that I have lost the desire to have any conversations at all. I choose WhatsApp voice notes over phone calls, and perfunctory Zoom meetings over leisurely coffees. What started out as a Covid-era symptom has lingered; now it’s a habit, a kind of communicative long Covid.

This is rather depressing. What is the point of being the most social creatures in the animal kingdom if we are not going to, you know, chat?..

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now