Bored at home: Streaming concerts, virtual classes and 5 other ways to stay connected

Staying connected with your smartphone probably doesn’t surprise you. 


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More people are now working or studying from home as businesses close their doors in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Some of us are already reeling from the isolation. But being self-quarantined or practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. 

Musicians are streaming live concerts. Religious organizations are streaming worship services. Friends are hosting virtual happy hours. You can even set up your own virtual book club. With a little creativity and technology, there are a lot of ways to stay connected with the community in the weeks to come.

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FaceTime is an easy way to feel like you’re together.


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Explore the endless possibilities of video chat

If you’re working from home you might use video chat apps like Skype, Zoom and Google Hangouts for meetings. Set up virtual lunches, happy hours, or open mic nights, or just catch-ups with friends and family. Video chatting via Facebook Messenger, Google Duo (on your phone) and the iPhone’s FaceTime are also good ways to keep in touch with family that you might not be able to visit while social distancing. 

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