The 1996 novel foresaw people's obsession with video calls – and their eventual disenchantment.
Many people feel some form of anxiety when speaking in front of others. That includes taking part in video hook-ups for work or study thanks to coronavirus restrictions.
Lack of privacy is a top concern for students required to log on to online courses, a scholar argues.
Working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown has caused a relaxation in traditional workplace rules, giving rise to a virtual workplace that is more flexible and humane.