Early adopters (tech and other distributed companies) were already doing it. Remote happy hours, birthday parties over Skype and Zoom, etc. The stories sound weird, on paper. If you had already experienced one of these remote social events yourself pre-coronavirus, you may have concluded the main ingredients of the IRL equivalent were there. Aspects of it are good enough, and getting better.
You may never have to untangle the web of DNS records that makes your website available to the world. But having a simple mental model of how this works can help you (1) protect what is important, and (2) avoid messy situations that are complex and expensive to untangle.