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Five online isolation activities for you and your friends

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You may be apart but you’re not disconnected! Making time to connect with friends during this period of social distancing is a great way to stay motivated and mentally healthy. Here are five online isolation activities you can do with your friends.

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  1. Video chat

Whether you choose to connect via Skype, Facebook Messenger, Facetime or Zoom, video calling is a great way to have a face to face conversation with friends. Organise a time that everybody is available to catch up for coffee or even organise to have dinner together.

  1. Draw Something

Chances are, you probably had this app on your phone at some point in your life. Draw Something is an app where players draw an image for their opponent to guess. You don’t need to be an artist to play this game, the worst artists are sometimes the best competitors and the hardest opponents. Draw Something is a great way to keep in contact with friends who may have a different schedule to you; players with accounts are able to take their turn whenever they have time and the game will never expire.

  1. Online Gaming

Online gaming can be a great way to connect with friends. A quick Google search will bring up a multitude of online multiplayer games you and your friends can try. For more experienced gamers, chat applications such as Discord can allow you to talk to other gamers live as you play.

  1. Netflix Party

Netflix Party is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to watch Netflix with your friends. Netflix Party synchronizes everybody’s playback feature so nobody will be a few seconds ahead of anybody else (perfect for avoiding upcoming spoilers) and there is a group chat function so you can discuss the movie without interrupting anyone. This extension is perfect for an isolation movie night!

  1. Houseparty

Houseparty is a video chat app that allows groups to play games whilst the video conversation stays open. Games include Trivia, Chips and Guac, a word association game and Heads Up! for an online game of charades.

Thanks to technology, even when we are making a conscious effort to stay isolated, we can still hang out with our friends. Organise a group and make sure to try out these activities with your friends!

Written by public relations student Taysha Sullivan