Tom Boellstorff, a professor of anthropology at UC Irvine who studies online spaces, tells Inverse that dynamic, game-like platforms are likely to become more popular this year and next. It's all in service of ensuring that our online interactions can still be as emotionally and psychologically fruitful as they are in person. … And while grid-based platforms like Zoom may try to imitate physical social interactions by adding reaction emojis, Boellstorff says there's still unstructured social time that's missing.

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