4 Virtual Socializing Ideas To Help You Stay Connected

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“This stay-at-home period can be the best moment of your life to discover your purpose on earth, set goals, enjoy new experiences through reading and learning, and focus intensely on what really matters most in life.”

~ Bamigboye Olurotimi

We are currently in the era of COVID-19 and, because it is highly contagious and wide-spread, practically everyone is experiencing some level of restrictions in their daily lives.


Experts say that it affects those who are “immunodeficient” (low immune system) and elderly the most, however, there is still a chance that people in their 20s and 30s experience the unpleasant and downright debilitating effects of the virus.

That means you are not only capable of attracting COVID-19, but also transmitting to the people you love most – your parents, grandparents, and any friends and relatives who have compromised immune systems or chronic conditions like high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, etc.


So, we all have been forced to stay at home as much as possible – whether we have the virus or not. So, we truly are in this together – at home (hopefully).

Unfortunately, being at home for weeks-on-end can get quite…boring…lonely…and depressing… We are stuck in the house watching Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and/or basic cable on loop. We’ve ramped up our social media presence (Hello again Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!) and even joined Tik Tok (How do you do that dance?), but over time even those vices leave us bored and uninspired.

You need some virtual socializing ideas!

The truth is, humans are designed to be social beings so being cooped up for long periods can lead to a host of health issues (i.e. obesity, lethargy, depression, anxiety, anger, etc.). It can also worsen existing health problems.

Plus, we miss our friends! Aghhh!

FaceTime, Facebook Chat, and Instagram Live just aren’t the same, but it’s all you have right now, so you make the most of it.

Social distancing and socializing with friends can feel like a walking contradiction. The good news is, even though you can’t physically hang-out with friends, you can still connect with them.

All it takes is a little patience and a lot of creativity — and if you’re feeling less than creative at the moment, we’ve got 4 entertaining virtual socializing ideas to get you started.

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Take a trip down memory lane

Just because you can’t physically be together right now, doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip down memory lane together.

What’s required? Zoom Video, FaceTime, or Facebook Chat. To kick off the first of our virtual socializing ideas, ask all your friends to pull out old pictures of the crew or conjure up fun memories of things you did together – when you were together (i.e. previous summer vacations, crazy adventures, etc.).
Then, schedule a time for all of you to get on a video chat together.

Ask each friend to share his or her pictures and stories and get comfy. You’re about to spend hours laughing and remembering the good old days with the people you love most. Reminiscing not only passes the time but can also make you super excited about getting the crew back together once the restrictions have lifted. 
Expert Insight: Escapisms” like reminiscing about happier times can lift our spirits and make you feel connected to your friends – even when you can’t physically be together.


Form an online book, crafts, or hobby club

So, you and your BFFs love to read, knit, or play music, why not start an online book, crafts, or hobby club?

If you decide to form an online book club, mutually-select a book that everyone has access to during quarantine, then go through it chapter-by-chapter, sharing your thoughts, ideas, perspective, opinions, etc. for each chapter during group Zoom calls. 
If you decide to start a craft club, mutually-select a craft that all of you can do, then Zoom while you work.

And, if you opt for a hobby club, like a band, yoga, fitness, math, chess, cooking, etc., then pick a date and time, gather your instruments or supplies, jump on a Zoom call and get to chatting and working – a part but together.

It’s that easy. You’ll feel connected even though you’re stuck in your house.  


Have a Netflix watch party

There is a new faze for COVID-19 20-somethings (young adults stuck inside all day) and that’s to have a Netflix Watch Party.
Disclaimer: You can do this with any sitcom, show, or movie that is available to everyone in your group – it doesn’t have to be Netflix.
How does it work?

Select a movie, sitcom, or show with your buddies, schedule a time to watch it, grab your tablet or smartphone or turn on your smart TV, download Netflix Party, put on some comfy clothes, grab a bag of popcorn, soda, candy, wine, beer, wings, pizza, or whatever else floats your boat and prepare to have an awesome time connecting and socializing with your friends.

Make sure everyone is present before you begin the watch party, and voila, you’re connected again. 


Sign up for Tik Tok

To round out our list of virtual socializing ideas, one thing you can do with your friends when you can’t be together is to perform Tik Tok dances together.

How? Well, Tik Tok has a cool feature where you can do duets with others even though you’re not physically together. It’s that cool. And, it’s a ton of fun too.
You can also comment on each other’s Tik Tok videos. It’s a great way to goof around with your friends when you can’t physically do things together.

Tik Tok has an uncanny way of making you laugh and brightening your day. So, if you haven’t signed up for a Tik Tok account and are looking for fun and creative ways to socialize with friends while stuck indoors, check out this site.


Read more about this topic

You can learn more about how to socialize with friends while stuck indoors by reading the following articles: Fun Tools and Tips to Stay Social While You’re Stuck at Home, 16 Ways to Cheer Up Your Friends & Stay Connected While Stuck at Home, and How to Deal with Anxiety and Loneliness During the Coronavirus Outbreak.

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Dr. R. Y. Langham

Dr. R. Y. Langham

Ph.D. in Family Psychology

Ree has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology. She spent over ten years counseling families, couples, individuals, and children on adjustment issues such as blended families, same-sex couples, dysfunctional family relationships, relationship issues, etc. Now she writes for famous health organizations and is a published author.
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