Staying Social During Social Distancing

March 24, 2020

No, we are absolutely NOT talking about getting together with friends and ignoring the advice of medical authorities, social distancing is essential right now.  However, complete social isolation is not…So, how can you find ways to maintain social distance, but socialize at the same time?

The answer is…the internet!  There are many online tools that will allow you to maintain some contact (and sanity) over the coming weeks, without having to be in the same room as those you are socializing with…You just need to get creative.

Here are some ways you can socialize remotely:

WATCH MOVIES TOGETHER – If you have a computer with a Google Chrome web browser, than you can use Netflix Party (https://www.netflixparty.com/) to connect with friends and watch a movie together…But not together.  The free browser extension synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows.

TRY SOME ART – Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and all the major social media platforms have seen an uptick in artists providing free online sessions for whoever wants to join.  The best way to find out who is offering these services is to search for local businesses that normally offer these services on social media…follow them and see if they have any announcements about online courses…there are plenty to be found.

LISTEN TO SOME “LIVE” MUSIC – Music artists have taken to social media to ensure the show goes on!  On St. Patrick’s Day, Boston based Irish punk band The Dropkick Murphy’s live streamed as they performed in an empty venue so fans could celebrate.  Since then, other artists like Chris Martin, Jann Arden, Burton Cummings, and more have all taken some time to go live over social media as well.  Now is as good a time as any to follow your favorite artist, you may just be able to join in on a live show!

CONFERENCE IN A FRIEND – Conferencing isn’t just for the workplace anymore!  Why not set up Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime (or other service) dates with your friends and/or family?  You could play a game (chess over distance maybe), start a book club, or just chat about what you are doing to keep your kids entertained.

GET FIT – Many gyms are sharing fitness routines you can do at home…Turn them into a competition with your friends, report your progress regularly. Or turn them into a game like Crossfit Bingo (see image below).  You can find a ton of workout videos on YouTube by simply searching for terms like “Home crossfit”, “Home yoga”, or if you like to move, “Home Zumba”.  In addition, follow fitness brands like Ladder Sport (@laddersport) on Instagram and you will see they regularly share workout routines you can do.

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