Tips on how you can swap real-life getting together with friends, dinner dates, movie nights and fitness classes for the stay-at-home version, all the while doing your bit for your community.
The corona crisis is a testing time for all of us. We’ve all been affected on an individual level, but we should also spare a thought for business owners fearing for their livelihoods. There’s no meeting friends, no dinner dates at your favourite Italian, no film night with popcorn and definitely no yoga class. Are you sure? Maybe it’s time you took a closer look. Many entrepreneurs are working hard to adapt their business model to the current situation. By offering products and services for those isolated at home, they hope digital alternatives will be a lifesaver.
Since we’re all being encouraged to adapt our behaviour to these circumstances, instead of giving up hope, it’s time to ask some questions. What’s on offer in my area? How can I support local businesses? Do I have skills that I can put to use? The answers to these questions create a win-win situation: yes, you can fight boredom and build community at the same time!
Social contact and being close to other people are two of our most basic needs. The latter should currently be treated with caution, but thanks to technology, we’re still able to maintain social contact with our loved ones. Numerous online products, apps and programs allow families and friends to meet virtually, play games or simply stay connected. Here are just a few examples:
• The Netflix Party is the new night in on the sofa. Users can watch films together (virtually) and chat at the same time.
• Video chat apps like Skype, Zoom or Whereby help to overcome physical distance. So your weekly visit to grandma or plan to meet a friend can still take place, online.
• Risk, Monopoly, Scattergories and other board games have all gone digital. Not only are they free to access but your friends and family can join you online.