How otherization of older adults works

The Guardian has a survey about the pandemic, about how it affected those of us who are in our 50s and 60s. I completed this survey and found it to be highly biased.

It assumes that we struggled. Because we were in our 50s and 60s? It assumes that we had trouble coping. Because we were in our 50s and 60s?

Some of us did not experience the pandemic as a burden but as a blessing. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat, for example, eagerly observing it all.

I loved what was going on, with my apologies to those who lost loved ones and those who developed long Covid, and I loved how it gave me access to all kinds of research-related online meetings in the US and how it enabled me to discover that the rest of the world did still exist and still functioned normally and had not gotten into the same bizarre state of disarray as the highly divisive community around me.

I also really liked that people around me suddenly were a lot less aggressive and violent. The lockdowns made me realize how much I hated being in the town that I am in and how badly I wanted to leave this wretched place with its highly restrictive ‘ndrangheta-style culture where I’d already been stuck in an utterly unreal sadistic slavery situation for so long.

Particularly children and young adults were highly impacted by the pandemic. The pandemic not only isolated them and interfered with their normal development, for many of them, it was their first encounter with life not always going the way you expect it.

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