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Social distancing is so hard because its contrary to human nature
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Washington Post

Washington Post, March 17, 2020
Posted: March 30th, 2020

Amid a novel coronavirus pandemic, some of us have defied public health officials exhortations and headed to bars to be with other members of our species. More of us have stared into the weeks to come and wondered how we will cope without basketball games, book groups, worship services, yoga classes and dinners with friends. Humans are social animals, even what some call ultra-social. For millennia, survival has depended on being part of a group. If distancing seems hard, its not just you: Its human nature. We are the most extreme example of a species thats decided that collaborating with others is going to be my entire strategy, said Steve Cole, a professor ... at the University of California. These social skills helped our ancestors fend off predators and more efficiently gather and hunt food and raise offspring. Our emotional dependence on each other can make keeping our distance, even for the public health benefit of flattening the curve, feel crummy. Most who are reducing physical contact, of course, are not locking themselves into isolation chambers. Theyve got a few relatives or friends around. Technology and social media ... should now be viewed as a lifeline. People are going to feel isolated and lonely unless they make an effort to reach out to each other, so what we have to do is make sure that we call people on the phone and Skype with them and send them texts and emails, especially the people who are least proficient on the Internet, [psychological anthropologist Alan] Fiske said.

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