With most of the country under stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic, people who live in apartments can feel more isolated and constrained than those who live in detached homes and have more space and options to wile away the hours.
With so many young people living in apartments, it’s important that they stay in touch with their friends and classmates. It helps pass the time and can help with mental health issues that might arise from social isolation.
With technology so prevalent, it’s easy for friends to stay connected. Here are the top three ways:
- Netflix Party
Bingeing on Netflix or other streaming services is hardly new. However, it’s come into focus more now that so many people have so much time on their hands.
It’s one thing to binge-watch on your own, but you can also binge watch with your friends thanks to Netflix Party. Netflix Party has been around for some time, but again, it has come into focus more during these challenging times. It is an extension that allows multiple Netflix users to watch a show together from different locations.
Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. You can use Netflix Party to link up with friends and host long-distance movie nights and TV watch parties both night and day. It is available only on Chrome browsers on desktop or laptop computers.
- Zoom In On Fun
The use of Zoom has absolutely boomed during coronavirus. The video conferencing tool had been mostly used for business applications before the coronavirus pandemic virtually shut down the nation.
However, its use has exploded in popularity with people who are stuck at home with not much to do.
Apartment dwellers can use Zoom for many purposes to stay in touch with their friends. You can have a Zoom dinner date with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Or you can expand the fun to a Zoom dinner party with friends from your college days, or with current roommates who might have left campus to return home to their parents’ house to ride out the pandemic.
It’s simple. Pick a time to “meet” and cook up your dinner. Then take turns showing off your culinary creations.
There are many other uses for Zoom, including virtual wine parties, cocktail parties, book groups or whatever other interests you share with others.
- Game On
This isn’t new, either, but more people are staying connected by playing video games together. This is a great activity for young people who live in apartments and are feeling particularly isolated. Many people already have the setups needed to do this.
For those feeling the need for more of an old-fashioned touch, you can even play board games together online. You can even play Monopoly with friends, where you can try to buy Boardwalk from the safety of your apartment.