10 Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Friends During Quarantine

Submitted by Sarah Happel on Wed, 04/29/2020 - 14:43 - 0 Comments

Because of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve all had to self-quarantine. Consequently, most of us haven’t seen our friends in weeks. This is especially difficult for teenagers, many who value social interaction over most other things. While it isn’t the same as hanging out with friends in person, there are many ways to maintain a social life from a distance.

Exchanging letters and care packages: Because our world is so technology-oriented, teenagers are used to sending and receiving messages digitally. This is why exchanging mail is more exciting - it gives you and your friends something to look forward to.

Work out: I’ve noticed that a lot of people have started working out during quarantine due to their newfound free time. A great way to motivate yourself is to video call your friends while you both work out; you can even do the same workout routine and listen to the same music.

Make and/or eat food: If you and your friends like to cook and eat together, it’s still possible during quarantine through a video call. You can even cook or eat the same thing to make it seem more like you’re actually together.

Make each other playlists: Making playlists for each other can help you and your friends feel connected even when you’re apart. It also gives you something to do that occupies your free time, and you may discover new songs that you like as well.

Snapchat: Snapchat is personally my favorite app to stay connected to friends. You can send each other pictures and videos back and forth of what you’re doing. It’s similar to texting, but seeing each others’ faces more closely replicates real-life interaction.

Netflix party: Netflix party is a chrome extension that allows you to watch shows and movies with your friends at the same time, but you have to have Netflix to participate. Multiple other websites also allow you to watch movies with other people and can be found through a quick google search.

Make plans for the future: A good way to deal with staying home is to think about what you’re going to do in the future. You and your friends can discuss vacations you want to take together or simply what you’re going to do when you can finally hang out again.

Play GamePigeon: GamePigeon allows you to play games with your friends over text, but can only be downloaded onto an iPhone. There are a variety of games to choose from including 8ball, cup pong, archery, anagrams, mini golf, chess, etc.

Play a video game: There are many multiplayer video games that you can play with your friends. Roblox and Minecraft are a couple of really popular ones, but there are also other options to choose from.

See your friend in person from more than six feet away: This option is the most risky because it may be difficult to stay far away from your friends at all times. You shouldn’t go inside anyone’s house, but hanging out outside is okay (like sitting on different picnic blankets or in different parked cars) as long as you are always more than six feet away from each other.

While self-isolation makes it extremely difficult to stay close to your friends, it isn’t impossible to maintain the same relationship without breaking quarantine. Good luck!

 
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Sarah started working for Beyond the Flock in 2019. In her free time, she likes to play soccer and watch the Office. Class of 2022!