Social distancing has become the norm for most of Ohio right now, and nobody knows when things will go back to normal. It’s easy to feel lonely when you’re only communicating with your loved ones via text messages or phone calls.
There Are Better Ways to Virtually Connect
There are plenty of ways to virtually connect with your family and friends—using just your phone! These ideas will help you maintain social distance, all while keeping you close with your loved ones.
Video chatting was once kind of difficult to do. You had to have a laptop or computer that had a camera, specific video chatting software, and an amazing internet connection. Even then, it could be troublesome.
However, technology has since advanced, and video chatting is now at your fingertips…literally. Your smartphone probably has a front-facing camera, and there are plenty of ways to connect to a loved one. Facebook Messenger is the easiest; it allows for video chats that include up to 50 people. Simply download the app (if you don’t have it already) and start chatting with your family and friends!
Try setting a dedicated time and day to connect with those you love. If you’re working remotely, the lines between work and home life might be getting a little blurry. It’s important to dedicate plenty of time for your family and friends, too.
Virtual Game Night
Virtual games are an easy and fun way to connect with loved ones of all ages. A virtual game night takes a little more effort to set up than a regular game night, but you don’t have to be tech savvy to have some fun.
The first thing you have to do is pick out a game! Your smartphone has a plethora of options for you to choose from, so take a quick scan in the app store and see what looks good. If you’re having trouble picking one, think of the classic games that your family loves, like Scrabble, Uno, or Monopoly. These all have mobile counterparts that you can download and enjoy!
Once you’ve decided on a game, then you have to invite your friends and family. You’ll more than likely have to connect a social media account to the app, or create an account on the app itself, but the game will explain how you can invite everyone once you play it for the first time.
Viola! Now you can hop on a video chat or multi-person phone call while you play, and it’s almost as if you’re right there with your loved ones.