Social Distancing vs. Physical Distancing

Apr 18 2020 Published by under Media, Our World, Pandemic

Everywhere, everyone refers to what we are doing to mitigate the spread of COVID, as “social distancing.”

Not just the media. Our best minds, our most trusted experts, even the government have referred to what we now do as “social distancing.”

I don’t want to be “that guy” who shows up during a pandemic to be the nitpicky Grammar Nazi, but here I go.

Maintaining a distance of six feet between all persons in public spaces is not SOCIAL distancing. It is PHYSICAL distancing. The distance we create is a distance of physical space.

Socially, we are closer than ever. Most of the world has been locked in to the Internet during the physical lockdown. Whether reading the constantly updated stream of news, enjoying entertaining diversions, viewing porn, or wasting time on social media, we are all working toward and hoping for the same outcome. People are socially closer now than we have ever been.

Something rare these days. End on a positive note?

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