How to Stay Connected While Maintaining Social Distance
Our sincere desire for physical connectivity is coded into our DNA.
We are social creatures. We can reduce our stress, tensions, and anxiety through positive social support, but!
The notorious COVID-19 or as many people came to know this pandemic as Corona Virus has taken over the world by storm.
At Web Worx Labs – we want to help! We want to raise awareness and help address issues related to this pandemic that is affecting so many.
We want to provide some actionable solutions on how to tackle the effects of this pandemic so we can beat this thing together!
We know that we need to practice social distancing to slow down the spread of the disease.
Now, companies, groups, and organizations have canceled even regular activities such as the workplace and asked their employees to work from home.
However, maintaining social distance will results in a fewer face-to-face interactions, which will potentially increase the risk of feeling lonely.
Today we talk about how to still stay connected with some of the most widely used apps while maintaining safe social distance to help address and tackle issues head-on that are arising because of this pandemic.
Why Social Distancing Will Increase the Risk of Feeling Lonely?
People will likely be impacted by self-isolation; but even though we will not be able to in close proximity with our friends, family and loved ones – it does not mean we cannot stay connected.
So, why should you be concerned about the feeling of loneliness?
Well, social isolation or not meeting anyone for a prolonged period can increase the risk of earlier death and other adverse health effects as per a detailed study and article published in Aging Life Care Journal.
Also, we need to consider socially vulnerable people, such as older people that are likely to struggle more during this period.
We don’t have contingency plans to help people who are struggling with loneliness or have complex health issues.
Social distancing will help in stopping the spread of the virus; for the loneliness, we need to think smart and creatively.
Today we have technologies that can help us reduce the risk of loneliness.
These technologies are in the palm of our hands, easily accessible – we can help stay connected, fight boredom and combat loneliness.
Connecting online in times like these will become more imperative. We can hold virtual get-togethers, meetings, discussions and so much more. Anything to keep the conversation and support going. We can engage with people globally and join together to combat the loneliness that will likely occur in our fight against the COVID-19.
Moreover, you can install these apps on your phone and reach out to anyone you want to.
Some simple and well-known mobile or desktop apps that will help you stay connected anytime, anywhere. Many of these you are familiar with, but now that we are really connecting online, having more options in your arsenal can never hurt. So without further a due – here are some of the popular apps we recommend you use to stay engaged, connected but maintain your social distance!
The number one spot on our list goes to FaceTime. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or Mac – you have probably come across FaceTime.
You can video chat with anyone in your contact list as long the receiver also has an Apple platform (IOS).
FaceTime has been primarily used for video calling; however, you can also use the app for audio calls.
Did we forget to mention that FaceTime also allows you to chat with 32 people at the same time? In our books – that’s a party!
This app is truly a loneliness buster, and we recommend it because of its simple and easy to use/understand interface.
Google duo is another mobile app. Google duo runs on both Android and IOS platforms.
You can also install the Google duo on your computer. This app allows you to video chat with up to 8 of your friends at the same time.
Google duo accesses your phone’s contacts list to let you start by creating groups.
With many features, one specific feature of Google duo stands out, and that is Knock Knock.
The Knock Knock feature enables the user to view a preview of the person calling you by firing up the camera on the other side of the line.
We really like the video quality of this app! The video and voice quality is crips.
If Snapchat and FaceTime had a child, it would be Marco Polo.
This easy to use app gives the user a fantastic texting experience, social media access, and video chats all in one place, “Marco Polo.”
Let’s assume you want to call your aunt, and she lives in Norway – well, Marco Polo is just the app for you because you can send video messages to anyone you want.
The receiver of the video message can respond at any time at their leisure.
Also, Marco Polo saves all your video messages so that you can access them whenever you want in the future.
Want to beat loneliness? Marco Polo is a good option for you.
It comes with additional features with effects and different tones you can add to your video messages to keep it light, entertaining and fun.
Do we even need to introduce you to Skype? Its a more older platform – tried, tested and still true!
With 300 million active monthly users, Skype is one of the best communication applications created to have one on one or group conversations.
Skype allows you to send pictures, documents, voice notes, audio/video calls, and you can use it on your mobile, laptop, or PC alike.
Skype gives you an option to have a video conference with up to 50 people at the same time (that’s also a party!).
Moreover, Skype charges a nominal fee and allows you to call on mobile and landlines globally.
Skype even lets you record your video or audio call and save or share it.
Also, Skype offers live subtitles, and skype itself is free to download for Mac, IOS, or Android.
You have many connectivity options with skype – download it here and beat the heat out of loneliness today.
Facebook Messenger is light, easy to use and ideal for heavy Facebook users.
There are more than 2.4 billion people on Facebook according to Statista. Chances are good, with a Facebook Messenger, you can connect to we think anyone.
Facebook Messenger is fast, smooth, and allows the user to send instant messages, shots, videos, GIFs, emojis, and stickers.
You can make free Wi-Fi calls on a global scale. Using this app will make you feel like using your daily messaging app – just tap on any contact you want to chat with and start typing.
The world now runs on WhatsApp. This application has become so widespread in use around the globe that this is the go-to for most users.
However, we mentioned it last here because it really needs no introduction. The call quality and video quality are not bad – but we felt that the others come in a bit better in this regard.
A worthy and goto choice for many!
COVID-19 may have forced us to distance ourselves from each other socially, but with the technology we have today, we can stay connected.
Web Worx Labs believes that the world needs to stay connected now more than ever. Let’s all do our part by maintaining a safe social distance and conquer COVID-19 together! Staying at home and reducing the risk of spreading this virus while combatting boredom and loneliness with our need to connect physically is the name of the game today.
Until an antidote, cure, or vaccine is developed and made available for the masses for COVID-19, we recommend that you stay at home and connect with everyone using the apps that are mentioned above. Do you have any recommendations on other apps that are worthy of inclusion in the lists above? Let us know or add to the comment section below!
Stay safe and stay connected!