This week’s must-reads: The Virus is a Test and We Have the Freedom to Respond

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology and business. I hope you enjoy them!

[Survival Tips] Homeschooling During Coronavirus Closings (NirandFar) If you or someone you know is trying to figure out how to homeschool, here are some helpful tips to be successful.

After Years of Being Blamed for Everything, The World Turns to Video Games to Escape During Coronavirus Shut-In (TechDirt) For years, now, video games have suffered the brunt of blame for all manner of the world’s ills. But now we see media outlets suggesting those impacted by the coronavirus quarantines to jump into those same video games.

Routine to the Rescue: Home Office Freelancers, We Will Survive (LinkedIn) If you are a freelancer used to having the house to yourself during the day and you now find yourself surrounded by people unused to structuring their time, establishing a routine can be a tremendous help.

The Moral Meaning of the Plague (The New York Times) We don’t get to choose our difficulties, but we do have the freedom to select our responses.

How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing (Scientific American) Here’s advice for preserving your mental health while avoiding physical proximity.

The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How to Live Online (The New York Times) We’ve always hoped that our digital tools would create connections, not conflict. We have a chance to make it happen.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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