Hello my amazing readers! I hope you are holding up well. I know last blog post I said I didn’t want to write about the current global pandemic but it’s been brought to my attention that many people are not understanding that we need to practice social distancing right now to flatten the curve. For information on that click here.
As an Aries sun and extrovert queen I am completely aware of how hard it is to stay home and not hang out in person with our friends. However, this entire COVID-19 situation has helped me learn various ways I can hang out with my friends virtually until we are able to leave our homes for more than essentials. These virtual hangouts are a great way to get that social interaction in without putting yourself or others at risk of spreading COVID-19.
Have A Zoom Party
I know, we are over Zoom as many of us are attending Zoom University or Zoom School of Law but listen, Zoom parties/hangouts have been getting me through this entire social-distancing thing! In the past few weeks my friends and I have done everything on Zoom from our school hosting a Virtual Bar Review (Bar Review is a law school event when student organizations take turns hosting an event at a local bar every week), Wine Wednesday, my birthday party, and a regular Zoom party (ya girl was the DJ). While it’s clearly not the same as going to the bar, it is still a fun time and you get to see everyone’s faces. Group Facetime could also be an option but not everyone has an iPhone and we don’t want exclude our Android using friends. Make sure to have a password for your chats as people have been getting hacked on their Zoom calls.
Host a Movie Night on Netflix Party
I am so upset it took social distancing for me to discover Netflix Party because it is truly a Godsend! One night a group of friends and I watched 3 episodes of Black Mirror (White Christmas, Black Museum, and Hang The DJ for all my Black Mirror Fans out there wondering) and it was literally so much fun. How it works is you download the Netflix Party extension here and then someone invites everyone through a link and all of you can watch the show/movie/whatever you decide to watch synced together at the same time. You can even pause it if some needs to use the bathroom or get some more snacks/wine! I really enjoyed it because there is also a chatbox on the side and you can type your feelings while watching. It’s especially fun when you watch something as crazy as Black Mirror with people who have never seen it before. I am super excited to have more Netflix Watch Parties in the future. This is not only a good tool for social-distancing. My best friend lives in Tulsa and I already know I’m going to plan some movie nights with her from now on, even after this social-distancing life is over. It is also useful for couples in long distance relationships to plan their own version of Netflix & Chill, hahaha! To download Netflix Party extension click here!
Play some Virtual Card Games
You and your friends can play different card games here. I haven’t had the chance to use this particular resource but one of my friends shared it in our group text and it sounded like so much fun. They even have they have their own version of Cards Against Humanity called Remote Insensitivity. Set this up with a separate video chat and it will be a blast. I have yet to use this resource yet but I’m looking forward to doing so on some of the other virtual chats I will have over the next month or two or however long.
These are just a few of the many resources we can use during this social distancing time. I’m sure there are many that I will discover as we continue this practice of staying home and interacting with our friends on their internet. We can also use the good ol’ fasioned Facetime, Skype, Google Hangouts, and other video chats that exist.
Do you have any favorite virtual ways to social-distance and still hang out with your friends? Let me know in the comments below!