600k COVID deaths in the USA. Over 30 million cases, many with long-term aftereffects. Who do you think formed the largest portion of that number? Who was most affected by COVID? The people who got to stay home with a cushy office job and a decent health insurance plan, or the people working their ass off daily and have to keep working despite dangerous conditions, who are barely making a living wage with horrible health coverage (or no health coverage!), and who are probably already neck deep in personal, medical, and familial debt? Service-oriented businesses are throwing a hissy fit over people not wanting to come back to work and no new workers to fill the gap, not seeming to realize that the workers they are looking for don't feel safe working for a boss that couldn't give two rat's asses about their well-being, nor do they feel serving a clientele that doesn't respect them and in some cases actively endangers them with their ignorance. And that's not counting all the ones that are six feet under.Dead? That's just silly. Can't comment on Zoom meeting or white collar habits, because I've no experience with either.
Moving's expensive, people aren't just willing to drop all their social and business connections at the drop of a hat, and the ass-ends of nowhere were rent is the lowest also tend to be lacking in local services and resources. Would you want to live in a town where there's only one grocery store?Rent varies wildly across the USA. But since RPG writers are not geographically bound to their occupation, a wise move would be to live where rent is low.
For a lot of people, "long-term career planning" isn't a realistic thing. It's work or starve. Or they can't work due to circumstances outside of their control and have to survive off of measly unemployment or disability benefits with no certainty as to waht the future holds. Maybe we could be campaigning for rent control, or for higher wages for workers, or for better benefits and protections for workers so that people don't have to make these hard decisions. Something, anything at all to decrease the cost of living! But no, the corporate lobby has captured all the regulatory agencies, and won't ever give an inch.I dunno about it being 'insensitive'; so long as urban planning focuses on jamming as many people as possible into the smallest area possible in order to elevate real estate prices, rent is going to stay high in major urban sprawls, that's just a simple fact. Anyone doing long-term career planning should take that into consideration. I learned the hard way that area-cost-of-living is a key consideration when weighing the merits of various employment options. In a very real sense, less can be more.