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First---I hate the term social distancing.  I took a psych course online with a professor who equally hated it.  His comment was that we need to engage in physical distancing while we try our hardest to still be socially and emotionally close.  I agree with him.

Beyond that--I had real people for the first time since mid-March today.  It's amazing how different it feels from all the zoom/skype things I've been doing.   Don't get me wrong--I'm thankful for having technological options.  But it was great to be in the presence of another human being.  IT just feels different.

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9 hours ago, dancesintherain said:

First---I hate the term social distancing.  I took a psych course online with a professor who equally hated it.  His comment was that we need to engage in physical distancing while we try our hardest to still be socially and emotionally close.  I agree with him.

Beyond that--I had real people for the first time since mid-March today.  It's amazing how different it feels from all the zoom/skype things I've been doing.   Don't get me wrong--I'm thankful for having technological options.  But it was great to be in the presence of another human being.  IT just feels different.

I’m glad you got a real people fix. We’ve had my adult niece come over twice to hang out outside with us in nice weather (at a distance). She hates her living situation, and spends most of her time in her bedroom avoiding her sister and sister’s boyfriend, so I think she was excited to get out both times. But the last time she was over, my teenagers immediately came out to hang with us, which was surprising, but they were so excited to see someone else besides us. I recognize we’re lucky in that we’re not doing the social distancing alone, which must be really hard. The tradeoff is no privacy or alone time, and having to make sure we get along with each other so nothing flares up that would be miserable in lockdown. 

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14 hours ago, dancesintherain said:

First---I hate the term social distancing.  I took a psych course online with a professor who equally hated it.  His comment was that we need to engage in physical distancing while we try our hardest to still be socially and emotionally close.  I agree with him.

I heard some reasonable, soothing psych-professional type on NPR the other day talking about how we should all be thinking in terms of physical distancing, and making every possible effort to remain socially, connected and close, and even work on building better relationships. If not now, when?

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