Imagine this for a moment: What if the COVID-19 crisis came with its bag and baggage ten years ago? Social distancing back would be different from what we have today.
Fortunately, there are devices everywhere to help us communicate with each other. The tried-and-true phone call is your number friend, but your options come in their numbers.
Here are some tips for staying social while social distancing during this period.
You can use the WhatsApp to create a social community and keep in touch when you cannot visit friends and family—and you can also make a video call aside chatting with them. The Messaging app is the world’s most popular chat medium. According to RNIB, it is inclusive and accessible.
WhatsApp works around the world to keep people in touch, no matter how far they travel. It utilizes end-to-end encryption, which ensures you have private messages, phone calls, and video sessions.
Zoom is another great way to keep in touch with the company’s employees, hosting meetings, and conference without the need for physical interaction. At a time such as this, companies are now using Zoom every day for meetings. It is free and user friendly.
The service operates with up to 100 participants per meeting on a free of account, so it’s a perfect tool for teachers to continue to provide training remotely. Install the app on your telephone OR computers, share your invite link with your friends, and you’re go-to go.
Skype is a great way to keep family, friends, and colleagues at work closer without the need for physical connection. It lets you send messages, images, and videos to other Skype users after you create an account. Telephone calls can also be made to non-Skype contacts, with landline numbers – this option is also subject to a fee. Download Skype for Android iOS or Android. You can also use it on your computer.
Most people already have a Gmail account. If you do, you can start and join a Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts has the advantage of not putting a time limit to your video chat. The downside, though, is that in the video chat room, only ten participants are allowed. Download Google hangout Android or iOS. It is also available on your computer.
Spotify allows you to connect with friends, family, and colleagues via music. You can create a playlist and share it amongst them.
Do you have a song you’re finding difficult to get out of your head? Does your friend need to hear a new album? During this time, you can leverage on Spotify’s collaborative playlist feature. You can inculcate it into your work from Home playlist. It’s as simple as creating a playlist and hitting on the three dots to gain access to the menu. By clicking on the Collaborative Playlist, copy the link from the same menu. Send it to your friends and colleagues; they can even add tracks using their Spotify account.
Phone a Friend
This is not a new app or a new website you have to visit. Pick up your phone and call a friend. It might be awkward if you’re not used to talking. For most people, hearing our friends’ voices is the next-best thing to hanging out in person.
Social distancing should never take away the connection. Whether you’re working from home or not, stay in touch using these mediums, and you’d be happy getting tasks done amid the COVID-19 pandemic.