I think the experts got it wrong. This is Dale Stouffer – one of the founders and owners of iFoundAgent.com.
Whoever came up with the term “social distancing” got it wrong. In my opinion, it seems like the more appropriate term to describe what we’re doing to combat the spread of Coronavirus and the resultant COVID-19 oughta be “physical distancing” #phsycicaldistancing versus “social distancing” #socialdistancing.
It seems like the national directive for social distancing is misguided and ill-advised for what we really need for our mental health. Being socially distant doesn’t stop the spread of virus spores or germs – physical distance does – according to the experts. Now, more than probably anytime in our world history, it is not the time to be socially distant – rather we need to be physically distancing ourselves.
We, humans, are social creatures – we need social interactions with each other. If we don’t interact with others we go crazy. I’m not going to cite any studies here, but there are many scientific studies out there (Google it if you don’t believe me) that address solitary confinement and limited social connection with other human beings as not being good for humans and our mental health.
More than ever, people around the world are flocking to social media, Facetime, Zoom, and other means of video conferencing, etc to stay in touch. Heck, my kid is using Zoom to “hang out” with her friends and do online school work. You could say we are failing at social distancing, and only time will tell how our physical distancing efforts will pan out in flattening the impact curve and the length of time for the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even here at iFoundAgent, we’re hosting more training per week than we ever have – these are social interactions. We’re seeing more and more of our customers using their systems to increase the number of social interactions they are having with their customers through the increasing number of campaigns we see going out. We think this is awesome for our agent customers – no social distancing here – just physical distancing.
I ask – why the instructions to practice social distancing? Simply put, in my skeptic opinion, someone in a rush to sensationalize what was happening in the world coined the phrase “social distancing” in an effort to get us, humans, to “physically distance” ourselves from one another to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and got it wrong.
My/our advice – be more social and keep that #physicaldistancing going!
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