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How To Stay Social While Practicing Social Distancing

03-25-2020 by Calissa Kirilenko

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It’s been a couple weeks of social distancing and you’re probably starting to miss hanging out with your friends.


Whether it’s going to dinner together, chilling at one another’s houses, or simply just stopping to talk to each other at the office, we’re all starting to feel a little lonely and lacking that beautiful human connection.


So, how do we stay social, while still practicing social distancing? Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways, and here’s how!


1. Have a Netflix Party


Did you know there is a way to watch all your favorite shows with your friends from the comfort of your home?


Netflix Party is a separate platform that allows you to sync playback together and adds a chat bar so you can talk while you all watch the same show.


Going to schedule a weekly movie night right now, for the foreseeable future...


2. Start a Book Club


There’s no better time to follow up on that New Year’s resolution to read more.


Take out that dusty tablet and get all your friends to do the same. You can even start a group chat where you can talk about the book and schedule a bi-weekly Facetime/Zoom session to chat as well.



3. Have a Virtual Dinner Party/Brunch/Coffee Date


Just because we can’t sit in a room with all our friends for the usual meet-ups doesn’t mean we can’t still make them work.


Pick the outing you’re missing the most and get your friends on board too.


4. Connect with People You’ve Fallen Out of Touch with


When was the last time you talked to your old college roommate? Or Facetimed your friends from back home?


If it’s been a while, there’s no better time to pick up the phone and make that call. They may not be expecting it, but I guarantee they won’t be disappointed with a friendly hello.


5. Play Games Together


If you were obsessed with Sims as a kid, why not give it another go? Or if you love a good game of Scrabble and Chess, text your game-loving friends to play a couple of rounds. We hear that new Animal Crossing game is taking social media by storm...


You never know, maybe you’ll find a new hobby you love while you’re at it.