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When Covid lockdowns began around a year ago, some people joked that homebodies didn’t even notice. While many young people bristled at being stuck at home, it was thought that homebodies were glad to no longer attend class in person or pretend to have fun at parties. In this episode of Home on the Dot, we discuss how Covid-19 has impacted young people, particularly the experience of being under lockdown in the constant presence of family. As we mark our first year anniversary of living with Covid-19, we hear from NUS Geographer Tracey Skelton, who discusses the disruptions Covid has brought to children and young people, for whom spending much of the past year stuck at home has meant a loss of independence and a feeling that their lives are on hold. We also hear from Zack, a Japanese Studies major and self-proclaimed homebody, for whom lockdown brought on an existential crisis, as home spaces that were previously comforting became weird with his family around 24/7. What do we lose when we are all forced to be homebodies? 

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– Associate Professor Tracey Skelton’s Profile – https://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/geost/

– NUS Arts Festival – https://nusartsfestival.com/NAF2021/ 

Additional Links about homebodies and Covid-19:

– How to fight that lonely feeling during Covid-19:
https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/how-fight-lonely-feeling-during-covid-19-crisis

– Seniors felt less socially satisfied, more isolated during Covid-19 circuit breaker period: Survey:
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/lower-satisfaction-levels-higher-social-isolation-for-senior-citizens-during-circuit

– Staying sane while staying home: Why people lose their temper and ways to manage anger:
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/staying-sane-while-staying-home-why-people-lose-their-temper-and-ways-manage-anger


– Chris at the NUS Arts Festival 2021


– Critical Conversations: A Measure of Time in a Covid World


– Zack and the Game of Chairs


– Vivaldi by Candlelight at Marina Bay Sands


– Poster for the NUS Arts Festival

Published in Podcast Episodes S3

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