Community quarantine and social distancing together spell one thing: a lot of time spent at home. This whole situation might make you feel isolated from your friends, family, or co-workers, but remember that the distance should only be physical. There are a lot of lessons to learn from this COVID-19 pandemic (mostly about our hygienic practices), and one of these is staying connected.
Connected not in just in an online sense but in a social sense. Thankfully, there are a lot of apps you can download to keep you in touch with people while observing social distancing, and most of these are free to get from the App Store and Google Play. Some of these apps will even come in handy if you’re working from home.
Make chatting with your buds more fun
Telegram is a must-have messaging app for three reasons. First, it’s secure and encrypted. The app has a secret chat feature where you get an encryption key so you can feel safe when you’re sending sensitive details.
Secondly, the app has a lot of useful messaging features like scheduling chats and timers for sent photos. You can even create and upload your own stickers for all of your friends to use.
And lastly, you can play games with all your friends in group chats. You can challenge your buds to a fun game of trivia with Quizarium, or play a rousing mystery RPG game like Werewolf.
Looking for a messaging app to keep you connected with your workplace? Try Zoom. This app lets you take your meetings online. It offers audio and video conferencing across different devices from phones, desktops, tablets, and more. What’s great about this app is that you can share your screen with other participants. File-sharing is an option, too.
Slack is another handy messaging app for work. Although it doesn’t offer video conferencing, it has a lot of useful chat functions. It lets you create different groups/threads for different teams and in these threads, you can create tasks for members of the group.
Watch live streams of your favorite games
Another way to keep yourself entertained at home is by playing your favorite games. Why not take your gaming to the next level by streaming your playthroughs online? On Discord, you can stream your own games or watch others play. You can join different servers and interact with other players, too.
Meet someone new
With the quarantine in place, there’s a chance you won’t meet anyone new in the coming months. A proposition (if you’re single): try dating apps. Let me make a case for this: dating apps aren’t all bad.
Bumble is one app that offers more than just finding your potential match dating-wise. It has Bumble BFF, where you can look for like-minded individuals who could become a new friend, and Buble Bizz, where you can expand your network career-wise.
Words Ayie Licsi