Hodson on staying connected this holiday season

December 21, 2020
CBC British Columbia
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College of Interdisciplinary Studies Assoc. Prof. and Canada Research Chair Jaigris Hodson was interviewed by CBC British Columbia on how to stay connected to family and loved ones this holiday season… even with Zoom fatigue.

Here is an excerpt:

"There is an imperceptible lag on technology that causes us to work harder," said Jaigris Hodson, a digital technologies researcher at Royal Roads University. 

“Zoom fatigue is real,” she said during an interview on CBC's On The Island.


One way to involve friends and family who are apart from one another is to have them collaborate on a music playlist using an app like Spotify, she said.

People can all add the holiday songs they enjoy and then everyone can listen simultaneously wherever they are.

Hodson said this could also be taken to the next level using YouTube. Using the video platform, people can record messages or carols and then upload to a playlist shared with each other. That way, people can see each other without mustering the energy required for video conversations.

Games are not just for kids. Hodson recommends bringing intergenerational family members together to play video games virtually.

"We always assume the older adults in our lives are not into technology, but studies show they are," Hodson said.

This story appeared on CBC British Columbia.