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4 Fun Ways to Stay Connected While Social Distancing

Has social distancing got you missing your friends? Well, we’ve got you covered. Social distancing is an essential step towards “flattening the curve” and slowing the spread of COVID-19, but it doesn’t have to come at the cost of staying in touch with your friends. Here are four (virtual!) ways to have fun and stay connected with your friends, while practicing safe social distancing. 

FaceTime Workouts 

Missing your workout buddy? Just because the gyms are closed doesn’t mean you have to workout alone! Use FaceTime to workout with a friend, all while maintaining a safe social distance. Pull up your favorite at-home workout or follow along simultaneously to a guided YouTube workout video. Break a sweat and spend some *virtual* quality time with your friends, all from the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Netflix Party

If you haven’t heard of the Chrome extension “Netflix Party,” you’ve got to give it a try. Netflix Party allows you to watch a movie or show on Netflix in real-time with your friends. One fun feature that Netflix Party has is a chat box where you can talk with your friends during the movie. Plan a time for you and your friends to pop some popcorn and settle in for a good movie, and it’ll be just like any other fun movie night — only virtual! 

A Collaborative Spotify Playlist

Did you know that you can create a collaborative playlist on Spotify that you and your friends can all work on together? While this option doesn’t involve actually seeing each other, you and your friends can stay connected through music. On the Spotify app, all you have to do is click the three dots above any playlist (the same button you would press to add songs to a playlist) and select the “make collaborative” option. Make a fun playlist of you and your friend’s favorite songs that you can both jam along to while social distancing!

A Simple Phone Call 

Never underestimate the power of a simple phone call. Just talking with your friends is a great way to stay up-to-date and connected with each other. Make time to talk with your friends while you do simple tasks like making lunch or doing your laundry. While texting may sometimes feel easier, actually talking is closer to what you would do with your friends if you weren’t social distancing; a simple phone call can go a long way in making you and your friends feel less far away from each other.

Alisha is a first-year student majoring in Communications, hoping to soon double major with marketing. She aspires to work creatively in the advertising industry. In her free time, she enjoys working on graphic design, reading, and listening to music, and she can almost always be found sipping on boba milk tea or an iced soy latte.
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