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Ways to stay connected with friends online

March 27, 2020

Honestly, who would have thought I would be sitting in my room writing an article about what to do during a quarantine? To be completely transparent, I am sad and disappointed because this is definitely not how I wanted to end my four years of undergrad. There were so many things I was looking forward to towards the end of the year. But alas, a punk-ass strand of RNA that isn’t even alive has put the world at a halt. Sometimes it do be like that, eh? I am practicing physical distancing and I hope you are as well. The more we think about others and physical distance ourselves, the sooner this will end. With that said, physical distancing sucks, but here are a few ways you can stay connected with friends online to get through this together.

Netflix Party

Netflix Party is a way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds a group chat to your favourite Netflix shows. You get to watch the same thing as your friends in real-time and chat online. The extension is only available on the Google Chrome browser and everyone must have a Netflix account to join.

Online Risk, Monopoly and Charades

These classic games are definitely more fun in person, but call your friends through Google Hangouts, FaceTime, WhatsApp video call etc. and play together. It’s still just as fun. 

Risk: https://dominating12.com/

Monopoly: http://playrento.com/

Charades: http://www.playcharades.net/rules/

Draw together

Flockdraw is a great website to draw online for free with multiple people. You can have unlimited people in a room and draw in real-time. Combined with a video call, it’s basically like you’re sitting in front of each other!

Go online shopping together or watch a YouTube video

Watch2Gether allows you to browse and shop from amazon, watch YouTube videos while talking to your friends in an integrated chat room. The option to use a webcam is available.

Browse Reddit together 

Reddit has some great subreddits that are really fun to pass some time. My personal favourites include r/askreddit, r/showerthoughts, r/unsolvedmysteries, r/animalsbeingjerks, r/nottheonion and r/mildlyinteresting to name a few. Reddit has a subreddit for almost anything and you have the option of scrolling through the top posts of all time. Create a Google Meet chat and just present your screen.

That’s all I have for now. If you have any more suggestions, let us know and we’ll add to the list!