Just thinking Aloud….
Before this COVID-19 situation
Research means reading books 📚 , search information on the Internet sites http://www.. , discuss findings with a teacher / professor and submit a thesis.
Post COVID-19 situation
Research mean “WhatsApp” forwards . With a press of just a few keys you are already a subject matter expert and are able to comment on everything . Thesis is just an optional requirement now.
No matter which one you believe …. always wear a 😷 and please be safe