Social Distancing Wristbands

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Social Distancing Wristbands

Social Distancing Wristbands

Corona hit the world like a one-two sucker punch. Most of the sectors of the economy and aspects of personal life shut down suddenly or slowly ground to a halt. Carefully now, governments all over the world are relaxing precautions and allowing people to go out to the streets and to their jobs. But make no mistake, the way people interact has changed. Some things will never go back to how they were.

So, I've been stumbling across this nifty, little product on the wrists of a large number of people. This is a product that I believe is tailored to our current social situation. It comes in three forms—a green wristband, a yellow one and a red one. How it works is simple, and very similar to how a traffic light works. If someone is wearing a green wristband, it signifies that they are open to social interactions and are not really concerned about social distancing at the moment. If the person is wearing a yellow wristband, it shows that they are concerned about social distancing but would still want to interact with people. So, you may approach them but refrain from physical contact. Then, if the person is wearing a red wristband, it implies that they are very serious about social distancing. In this case, you should keep your distance—about 6ft away from them. 

The applications for this are massive! I don't know if you have this kind of socially aggressive friend that never misses the opportunity to accost you. You round the corner and see him. Quick! Duck away! But it's too late. He has already seen you and is striding towards you. As he gets close, he hollers, "HEY BROTHER!!" You wonder if the sudden wetness on your face is saliva. You hope it's sweat and smile uneasily back at him. After a lot of backslapping and fist-pumping, he...hey, did he just pick a booger with that hand? No, he didn't. HE DIDN'T! So, after a final fist pump, he lets you go, and you make your way rapidly to the nearest washroom. 

Not only is such contact disgusting, but it also puts you at risk of contacting COVID-19. However, with the social distancing wristbands, you can wear a red one to indicate that you are not available for social interaction of any sort. But if it's just that friend you don't want to interact with, you may wear a yellow or green wristband and keep a red one in your pocket. Change as soon as you spot the friend incoming. 

As more and more people interact with each other in public, these social distancing wristbands are likely to get even more popular. In the future we are heading into, it may become socially inappropriate to see someone and just start talking to them. Consent may now be required for verbal communication. These bracelets can serve as a non-verbal social cue to indicate if a person is receptive, ambivalent, or non-receptive towards verbal communication.