We Actually Needed Social Media in 2020

But scrutiny of Facebook and its peers was at an all-time high

As the Before Times started crumbling this spring, brought down by the revelation that the coronavirus was here to stay, the physical world gave way to an altered plane. Changes came quickly: Coffee shop chatter quieted down, hand sanitizer disappeared from shelves, and we even adopted a medical-grade hand-washing technique, thinking it might be enough to keep our bodies virus-free. And then everything shut down.