I’m a person who likes language precision because I think it matters. As this pandemic spreads across the world, the media inundated us with this new term, social distancing. While I have made much use of the term, it didn’t seem accurate to me.
We continue to socially interact using forums like this, the phone, texting, emailing, and video calling. This modern technology allows us to harness the benefits of social connections without the requirement of physical proximity.
I understand that the WHO and others now choose to use the term, physical distancing instead of social distancing. I like this word choice because it better describes what we’re trying to do.
All of us who interact here can certainly understand the distinction. Few of us have ever met in person but we do share important social connection.
We need social connection now more than ever to help us get through this difficult time. Please adopt this change here because I do think that words matter. What do you all think?
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