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5 Ways to Socialize in Quarantine

During these challenging pandemic-ridden times, we all have to try to make ourselves as happy as possible. We must try to have some sort of a normal life amid situations that are far from normal. Humans are sociable creatures, and they need to socialize with others. How do they do that when they have state-mandated stay-at-home orders and quarantines? These are five suggestions on how you can stay social in quarantine.

1. Use Your Social Media Sites

Social media is one of the best ways to communicate with other people while you’re in quarantine. You don’t have to leave your home or even your bedroom to engage in discussions, meme-sending activities, or video watch parties. It might not be an up-close-and-personal socialization, but it can at least give you a little piece of comfort. You’ll still be talking to other human beings who are probably going through the same thing you’re going through. You might even get to exchange jokes with them about the way the world is right now. You can sign up with a vast assortment of social media sites and communicate with people who share your interests and goals across the globe.

2. Join Anonymous Chat Apps

Have you ever heard the phrase, “There’s an app for everything”? It’s true. You can find an Android or iPhone app for just about everything, including talking to strangers. They have something called anonymous chat apps that allow you to send random text messages to people you don’t know. You can vent, rant, flirt or just say hi to someone so that they’ll say hi back. A lot of those apps are free, and they’re completely private. They’re good for people who just want to exchange a little bit of communication without necessarily having to know who they’re communicating with. Try one. You might just like it.

3. Start Video Chatting

If you’re starved for that “face to face” communication, you can easily resolve that by taking advantage of one of the video chatting applications. The apps allow you to talk to your friends and family members in real-time. You can see their entire faces and part of their homes while you listen to their voices. It’s almost like being in the same room with them and having them there. The only thing you can’t do it reach out and touch them. Perhaps, that capability will show up in a new app one day.

4. Share Your Screens

At some point, you may need to socialize with people that you are collaborating with on school, work, or creative projects. You can communicate through some of the best screen sharing online services to help stay in touch with those you love. Many of these services are free, allowing you to share your entire screen with the person you’re talking to on the computer or phone. It’s an element that changes the socializing game if you want to stay in contact with coworkers, friends, or family.

5. Visit Approved Recreational Locations

You can visit some approved locations outside of your home if you live in a state that has partially lifted its restrictions. A lot of states have started to re-open. These states have allowed establishments such as restaurants, bowling alleys, and similar locations to operate with the promise that they will exercise social distancing practices. These establishments also have to have their staff members wear masks and gloves.

Try going on a date to your favorite restaurant if you really want to get out of your house. Make sure that you take the proper precautions at all times, however. Take a bottle of hand sanitizer and a mask with you when you go. Be sure to exercise social distancing even if you see that other people aren’t doing so. Clean your hands every time you touch something foreign. That way, you can ensure that you and your date stay safe during these dangerous times.

Get Ready to Socialize

Now you know of at least five good ways that you can socialize with people during a quarantine. You can start doing some of these activities today and bring back the part of your life that has been missing since the pandemic began. You’ll be glad you took the time to try some new activities and meet some new people.

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