5 Unique Ways to Stay in Touch with Friends While Social Distancing
We’re missing our favorite people! ❤️
Ever since the Coronavirus pandemic started in our country, engaging with people daily and getting social interaction no matter how little or much we got, is something we’re all starting to realize we took for granted. It’s become clear that we’re all looking for ways to feel connected, have fun, and still see our friend’s smiling faces like never before.
Here are 5 innovative ways to stay in touch with the people you love while social distancing:
1. Houseparty Mobile App
Perfect for everyone.
Price | FREE
Claiming to be the next best thing as hanging out in person, Houseparty ranks at the #1 app in Social Networking and is the perfect way to engage with friends when you can’t be together. And if you didn’t already know, Houseparty recently teamed up with Epic Games, creator of Fortnite and Unreal Engine, so now they’re able to help even more people connect with their friends, family, and peers.
Here’s what Erica on our team said about the Houseparty app:
“My daughter’s friends called her on her 7th birthday via the Houseparty app and it is seriously so neat!! Since then, my phone rings every 5 minutes starting at 7 AM (LOL) but it really is an easy app to navigate and have kiddos chat with their friends, help each other with school work, etc.
You can even play games on it like trivia, drawing, and more – all while you are on a video chat. My daughter was literally playing stuffed animal parties on this app with her friends and they dress up in ballet outfits and play ‘class’. It’s super fun!”
Perfect for the TV obsessed.
Price | FREE with existing Netflix subscription
Netflix and chill together…from an acceptable social distance, anyway. 😉 Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that allows you and your friends to continue movie nights and binge-watching all your favorite shows, but in the comfort and safety of your own homes. While streaming shows simultaneously from your couches, you can also privately chat with friends and share reactions to whatever you’re watching (we bet it’s Tiger King). 😉
Note that you do need to have an existing Netflix account to join the millions of people already using Netflix Party, however, the extension itself is free.
Perfect for gamers.
Price | FREE
Rated #6 for Photo & Video, Twitch is the epicenter of all things gaming, cooking, esports events, art, music and more! As they said themselves – if it’s worth watching, it’s streaming live including unique programming, from music festival live streams to exclusive video game events!
With this free app, you can watch live videos of your favorite games, connect with other gamers in real time with full-featured live chat, or go live with a touch and share your passion with the world! Interestingly enough, they even have a dark-mode, so when you’re going full force into the night, your late-night viewing will be even more enjoyable.
“It’s always nice to know that you can video chat while streaming your video games and have your viewers chat with you. In my opinion, Twitch TV is the best streaming system that I’ve ever used, and since being apart of the Gaming community, it has also inspired me to interact with video gamers.” – Selena ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
4. Online board games
Great for anyone!
Game nights don’t have to stop just because you’re not allowed to leave your house. Take the party to you phone with online board games where you can still interact with friends and keep the friendly-competitions going.
As an idea, here are some top-rated games:
- Words with Friends – iOS | Android – Just like scrabble on the go!
- Monopoly – iOS | Android – #1 in the app store for games, but does cost $3.99.
- Exploding Kittens – iOS | Android – #1 card game online and the most-funded game on Kickstarter, ever!
- Evil Apples vs. Humanity – iOS | Android – ADULTS only game that’s just like Cards Against Humanity.
“I love playing Words with Friends against my Dad! He lives quite far from me and we don’t get to talk often, so knowing we’re constantly having friendly competitions together and engaging in some way makes me happy. Plus, it allows me to chat with him and catch up when we don’t always have time to talk on the phone.” – Holly ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Perfect for everyone and anyone!
Price | FREE
Zoom quickly became one of the top ways to communicate for friends, family, and even businesses that have recently become more remote. In fact, it’s rated #1 in customer satisfaction and the best meeting experience on mobile.
Zoom is free and totally easy to use and you can Zoom with up to 100 people at the same time. Send secure group texts, images, and audio files from mobile and desktop – just this past weekend we celebrated a friend’s birthday via Zoom and although it’s not as great as being there in person, it feels like the next best thing. I’m already looking forward to next Saturday when we do a cocktail hour with friends.
“This app is awesome because I can chat with my friends whenever I want. You can be the host of your own chat, volunteer to be the host of a friend’s chat or you can also make someone else host if you don’t want to be. The part that I really like is that if you are the host you can mute everyone and turn their video off! You can also have a virtual background which is cool and makes it even more fun to look at. You can also write a message to everyone and see as many people at once as you want.” – Bobbie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐