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Discoveries in the Time of COVID

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8-5-2021 4:10 PM

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8-5-2021 4:55 PM

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Discoveries in the Time of COVID

Alyssa Ennis '24 & Jordyn Baker '24 “Does Mask Wearing Affect Our Interpersonal Relationships?” (Faculty Sponsor: Vlado Bratic)

With widespread mask wearing mandated in many places, the ability to accurately identify what emotions are being portrayed has become more difficult. Nonverbal communication is a leading factor in building reliable connections in an academic setting. Widespread mask wearing hinders meaningful academic connections by impacting one's ability to read and interpret facial expressions. During the Fall 2020 semester, the presenters surveyed professors and students at Hollins University on how mask mandates have affected their communication with others. Respondents were a combination of first-year and upper-class students living on-campus and taking at least two in-person classes, and professors teaching at least two in-person classes. The presenters conclude that most people think mask wearing is affecting their social experiences in some way, and many felt their perception of others has changed since widespread mask wearing. The social impact of masks will be seen even when mask wearing decreases post-pandemic, as people are becoming conditioned to rely on nonverbal cues and verbal communication to connect.

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May 8th, 4:10 PM May 8th, 4:55 PM

Discoveries in the Time of COVID

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Discoveries in the Time of COVID

Alyssa Ennis '24 & Jordyn Baker '24 “Does Mask Wearing Affect Our Interpersonal Relationships?” (Faculty Sponsor: Vlado Bratic)

With widespread mask wearing mandated in many places, the ability to accurately identify what emotions are being portrayed has become more difficult. Nonverbal communication is a leading factor in building reliable connections in an academic setting. Widespread mask wearing hinders meaningful academic connections by impacting one's ability to read and interpret facial expressions. During the Fall 2020 semester, the presenters surveyed professors and students at Hollins University on how mask mandates have affected their communication with others. Respondents were a combination of first-year and upper-class students living on-campus and taking at least two in-person classes, and professors teaching at least two in-person classes. The presenters conclude that most people think mask wearing is affecting their social experiences in some way, and many felt their perception of others has changed since widespread mask wearing. The social impact of masks will be seen even when mask wearing decreases post-pandemic, as people are becoming conditioned to rely on nonverbal cues and verbal communication to connect.