With incredulous timing, Robin Dunbar’s latest book ‘Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships‘ has been published, when so many of us are experiencing acute loneliness. In the United Kingdom, we are still under the strictest lockdown rules and many of us are shielding too, signifying we cannot leave our properties, at all. We are craving human contact with our friends and families and we worry if they or ourselves will end up being just another sad statistic on the news. Dunbar’s book helps us to understand how physical friendships, whether romantic or platonic activate our endorphin system, nourishing our bodies and our brains. Without its release, we become more anxious, depressed and even experience cognitive decline. Many of us know this already, but I do think that social media contact, in the right context, can also bring on this emotion. Well, actually I know it does, because I have and do experience so many beautiful social media relationships, some of my richest experiences have been through this medium. And these relationships are ones that we should embrace more than ever during this pandemic, we need each other, we support one another, we share, we read, we view, we care and we can stay in touch whilst being assured we are not transmitting or receiving the virus or its volume of mutations. TheAppWhisperer community has always been one of inclusion and we want everyone to feel the power of it. We do not discriminate and we do not exclude but we cannot change people who still do this, as befell me this week and I am probably not alone. Why inflict pain and sadness on people at a time like this, when perhaps, an online community is all we have right now? Why not instead, embrace one another? We all matter, we all have something to give. Life is long, and one day, I would love to meet with you all, physically, where ever that may be and when that day occurs, it will be more than our brains fizzing our entire beings will be one of complete euphoria. What joy awaits us.
Thank you to all the talented artists for submitting your works to our showcase this week. If you would like your work to be considered for entry in to our weekly Mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group, please submit it to our dedicated group, here. You can also submit images to our Instagram tag for this section #theappwhisperer.
Gabriele Rodriquez, Clare Pickett, Art Noonan, Peter Wilkin, Mariel Milan, Juta Jazz, Michael Hamments, G R fotos, David DeNagel, Paul Yan, Gianluca Ricoveri, Judy Wahlberg, Jane Schultz, Susan Rennie, p.a. hamel, Jon Arne Foss, Em Kachouro, Milly M, Fleur Schim, Clint Cline, Rob Pearson-Wright, Victor Reynolds, Roberta Mitchell, Marsha Estes, Linda Hollier, Massimo Bortolini, Shelley Benjamin, @wakka_ring, clau_clara, Nichole Christophe, Edible Taylan, @imeltonphoto, Robin Cohen, Susan Latty, Jennifer Graham, @el.aine9233, @klimtt – M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, @accidental_artist3, @judehank2, @csallquist, @axelbergk, @sengulbekmez, Jenny Pieters, @mitrydate, @jessjessika__, @patragraphy, Carol Wiebe, Rejane Rubino, Allyson Marie, @mobilographynet.
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