Lifestyle

How to stay at home, but stay connected

Written by

Dani Flynn

Posted

May 11, 2020

If you’ve lost count of your days in quarantine, you’re not alone — even if you’re physically alone.

The good news is staying at home doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit. (Unless, of course, you’re a quintessential introvert; in which case you might be living your best life right now!)

For the more social though, a life of staying at home and social distancing can be – at best, boring. But millions of people across the nation are finding ways to stay connected while staying safe at home. Here’s how they’re doing it:

  • Video Chats. In case you missed the memo: Zoom is currently all the rage. Although the video communications software has been around since 2011, it recently ‘zoomed’ into popularity. The free tool allows you to video chat with up to 100 people, and even more with a paid subscription.And Zoom is not the only option. People around the world are now opting for video chats instead of phone calls via FaceTime, Skype, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, and more.
  • Group Game Nights. Looking to stir up a little friendly virtual competition? Look into apps like Jackbox Games and Houseparty. They offer virtual games to keep your crew entertained, without ever leaving the couch.There are several other virtual games that can also keep you connected. Download a few apps, and get the party started this weekend!
  • At Home Happy Hour. If you’re still working every day, not much has really changed for you – except, perhaps, your after-work hangout spots. No need to unwind alone, though — grab a friend or two and schedule a virtual happy hour. It’s a great way to catch up with your friends over a cocktail, and at the end of a fun night, there’s no need for an Uber!
  • Virtual Book Clubs. If you have a little more time on your hands, why not dig into a good book, with good friends. Grab your fellow bookworms and schedule a video chat to discuss your latest read. If you’re using Zoom, you can even share your screen with the group and have a virtual movie night with the film adaptation of your book.

In today’s technologically advanced world, social distancing doesn’t have to mean complete isolation. All it takes is a device and a little ingenuity, and even in quarantine, you can stay close to those you love the most.