The coronavirus pandemic changed the way we do just about everything. We spent a lot of time online before the pandemic, but now even more of our lives are there. Social distancing is quickly becoming the norm and as a result it’s important to find new ways to enjoy the company of our friends as safely as possible. The good news is that there are many ways to stay close with family and friends during this pandemic. These tips will allow you to remain socially distant, despite feeling closer than ever to your loved ones.
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Use Kast with Your TV Buddies
If you love TV and you have a friend that always watches a certain show with you, keep up the weekly TV session going with Kast. This is a screen sharing service that allows you to stream video from Netflix, Amazon, and pretty much anywhere that you can get to with a browser. You can chat in text or you can use video and/or audio. While you won’t be in the same room, you will be watching in real time, together. It’s a great option for movie nights, binge watching, or just catching up on something you used to watch together. This is also great if you live too far away to visit in person.
Throw a Zoom Reunion
Recently, some college friends decided to throw a Zoom reunion. What we all thought would be a low-key affair, had over 80 people in the same chat. You could see and hear all of them. Zoom is free and it’s an easy solution to bring together family, friends, and old school pals. Whatever you’re hoping to accomplish for a socially distant meeting can be done with Zoom. If you or a friend are having a hard time sheltering-in-place, Zoom can be a life saver, because you’ll be able to see a friend’s smiling face and talk about whatever you want.
Send Personal Letters
When email and the Internet became a way of life, people stopped sending actual mail to one another. At one point, a long time ago, sending cards and letters was the norm. Today, it’s uncommon enough that it shows the care that you took in sending a personal message to a friend or family member. Another bonus is that most people love getting mail, especially if it’s something personal.
Create a Shared Music Playlist Together
Sometimes it’s the little things that will get us through this. I don’t know about you, but a lot of my friends share similar music tastes. I also share songs with people that mean certain things to us. So, if you’re missing your friends you could make a music playlist together so that you can listen to it when you’re on the phone, on Zoom, or even when you’re home waiting until you can see them again.
What steps have you been taking to stay connected with your friends while you’re sheltering-in-place? Let us know in the comments.
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