For better or for worse, society has switched to contactless



Welcome to the contactless society. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift towards “A society where humans tend to look, touch and kiss less; a society where hyperconnection paradoxically arouses a feeling of loneliness, where the physical, carnal relationship is replaced by the mirage of the virtual ”, defines the journalist François Saltiel, in his book “the Contactless Society” (ed. Flammarion).

Physical (and social) distancing imposed as a barrier gesture facing the coronavirus has brought about a profound change in society, in France and in the world, for better or for worse. This is what a European study, carried out by the Cetelem Observatory and published this Wednesday, March 3, notes. Almost a year after the start of the first confinements, a majority of Europeans surveyed (46%) observed this transformation, first with contactless payment, but also with the increase in videoconferences, widespread teleworking, the wearing of compulsory mask, increased use of the telephone or teleconsultations. So much so that 81% of the 14,200 people questioned consider that contactless practices are now present in their daily life.

“Everything was already in germ, but the pandemic has accelerated the transition to contactless practices, notes François Saltiel. The last bastions of school and work have given way, and everything is becoming non-contact. It is no coincidence that the Gafam [acron[acron

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