The weather’s getting nicer, the infection is spreading less rapidly that it was, and stimulus checks are about to come in! The usual grim headlines we’ve been hearing, while not gone, are finally being joined by some good news. Positivity is spreading, and people are finding ways to be physically distant while socially connected. In fact, I really dislike the phrase ‘social distancing’ because it incorrectly implies that you can’t enjoy the company of your friends and family while quarantined. I’d like to share a few ways that you can connect during these unusual months!
Video conferencing apps such as Zoom are a great way to simply chat face to face with your friends and loved ones. With all of the technology we have at our disposal, there’s no reason we can’t sit down in front of the computer and connect with anyone we want on a daily basis. Beyond just chatting, Zoom and some of the other programs have games that you can play to entertain the whole group. If they don’t already know, teach your parents to play Words with Friends and have fun video chatting while you play!
The thing that I spend most of my indoor time doing is watching movies. If things were normal, I’d be at the movie theater all day, but just because the theaters are closed doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a flick with your friends, your family, or even your physically distant date! There are programs out there like the Chrome extension Netflix Party that will help you sync up what you and your movie partner are watching. Pair that with a voice or video chat, and voilà: movie night!
Also growing in popularity are group virtual meetups. For instance, an app I use called Meetup is typically used for planning in-person get togethers for people with a common interest or hobby. I’ve noticed that the app has recently adapted to the times by pivoting to virtual get togethers. As previously mentioned, people are getting online for movie nights, but also for dinner parties, book clubs, and many other various fun activities! If you’re feeling isolated at a time like this, or any time for that matter, I strongly recommend finding some groups that you can relate with and participating in these virtual meetings.
Lastly, and most simply, go outside! Taking a walk all by yourself or with someone you already live with doesn’t break quarantine. Exercise is still important and necessary to avoid becoming stir crazy while you’re cooped up all day. As long as you give strangers you come across a wide berth and don’t touch the crosswalk buttons with your bare hands, you’ll be safe!
We’re all dealing with a strange world right now, but the last thing we should feel is disconnected. Whether it be friends, family, or strangers with likeminded interests, now is a great time to find new hobbies and catch up with the people we care about. Stay safe out there and our world will be back to normal in no time. If you have any thoughts or concerns, please comment on this video or feel free to reach out to us here, at Nice Guy Technology. We’re here to help.