It’s May 14. The clock is just a few minutes past 9:30 and, despite the disappointing foggy morning just attested through the curtains of my window, we still have all good reasons to say it: it’s – almost – that moment of the year. Students are now preparing for the finals, the air has become incredibly warmer, and each of us starts wondering what will become of this long-awaited summer. The good season, besides granting us some rest from the deadlines of the past academic year, is also responsible for bucking the technological trends normally shaping our daily routine.
It is a fact: forget smartphones, laptops, and tablets; in contrast to what you might have thought, those are anything but necessary. When sun’s out, people finally seem to go back to the good old days, when no screen nor internet connection was mediating human relationships. Whether it be chatting with some friends sitting in the sun, reading a book outdoors, or playing basketball in the late afternoon, this shift in the weather positively influences our habits: rediscovering the simplicity of offline interactions, we take a break from the pervasiveness of this media-driven society. But how long will it last?