Using tech to stay closer this holiday
The holidays are often more stressful than relaxing due to all the planning involved in trying to visit and spend time with all your loved ones – plus this year we have COVID restrictions to contend with too. How do you practice social distancing, keep up with everyone in your family and spend time with your friends, kids and partners? Well, thanks to technology, you can now get that quality time without having to catch those flights.
Here are some of the best ways to stay closer together while apart using tech this holiday:
Host a Zoom or Skype catch up
If you didn’t have at least one Zoom meeting or skype chat during lockdown– did you even experience COVID-19? The video conferencing and chat sites make it easy to have face-to-face conversations with your loved ones while apart. All you’ll need is a laptop, tablet or a computer with a webcam set up and then all that’s left to do is download your preferred app.
Create a WhatsApp Group
We know that WhatsApp groups can get painful but if your family and friends aren’t tech savvy enough for video chats or you’re just not in the mood to appear on camera, you can always set up a WhatsApp group to share messages, pictures, videos and voice notes. WhatsApp is free, and accessible on both Apple and Android phones, making it an easy-to use option for everyone.
Keep up-to-date on social media
Being apart doesn’t mean being out of the loop. You can follow your friends and family on social media to keep updated about their latest news, whether you’re checking out their latest photo albums on Facebook, following their Instagram stories or just sending them funny selfies via Snapchat.
Movie night with Teleparty
Formerly known as Netflix Party, Teleparty enables you to link up with friends and family to host long-distance movie nights using streaming platforms such as Netflix, Disney, Hulu and HBO. So, pull out the popcorn and get ready for some movie-time fun with your friends and family.