Today, many people feel disconnected. Modern life continues to shift, and we’re often forced to adapt to new circumstances we’re not biologically wired for. Take, for example, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. This fundamentally changed the way we lived, particularly the way we socialized. Many people worked remotely, many schools went virtual, and day-to-day interactions were significantly reduced.
Though virtual connection is more and more possible, the lack of in-person connection can feel limiting. In these isolating times, many people form emotional attachments to pets, or even plants, as caring for something or someone can emotionally nourish us.