6 Things to do online with friends during a lockdown
Written by Lucie Gash on 1 avril 2020
During the current lockdown we are experiencing across the world, you may be feeling a bit disconnected from your friends… but fear not! There are plenty of ways to stay in touch.
Here are our top 6 things to do online and keep those friendships flourishing.
(1) Collective artwork
Whilst holed up in Marseille for eight long months during the German Invasion in 1940, Cuban artist Wilfredo Lam and French writer André Breton amongst other creatives, spent the evenings drawing together on a shared piece of paper. It’s a technique used by surrealists to express the subconscious. Of course, if you can’t actually be with your friends in person, there are many online ways to do this. You can use sites such as A Web Whiteboard to draw on a shared whiteboard or the app Draw Something where you have to guess what your friend has drawn for you. Get creative and make a quarantined masterpiece!
(2) Virtual karaoke party
Let’s be honest, most of us prefer not to get up in front of tons of people we don’t know and sing (or maybe that’s your thing, fair enough!). You may have heard of ‘karaoke box’s’, commonly found in East Asia, Southeast/South Asia, the US and many other areas across the world catching onto this trend. Karaoke boxes consist of multiple rooms containing karaoke equipment, usually rented out for a period of time, even karaoke booths are growing in popularity. It’s great because you can just sing in front of the people you’re with, in privacy and pick only the music you like. You can do this online too at sites like Singa.com. Whether you’re a star in the making or can’t even hold a single note, you’re bound to have a good time with your friends/family doing this!
(3) Play a game
Games such as Animal Crossing and Minecraft have seen a rise in users recently as gaming can be a fun way to unwind. Just about every game console has an interactive element, allowing users to play and communicate with other players. It’s a great way to play and interact with friends when you can’t go outside and play sport together, for example. Games such as Sims or Animal Crossing also have a therapeutic element too, as you have the control to create your dream virtual world and zone out from the real one for a while.
(4) Work out together
It’s more fun and motivating to work out together than alone, right? Someone to cheer you along and motivate you to keep going when you feel like stopping. You can both join a live Instagram workout session from a trainer of your choice, or connect up via Messenger and come up with a workout together. Another great way is finding a video on Youtube of a workout you can follow along to, or even set each other a workout challenge and report back to each other on your results. It’ll give you some focus and a challenge you can accomplish together.
(5) Watch something together
Recently tv/film streaming service Netflix released an added element of the ‘Netflix Party‘ to its platform. The premise is: it’s a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite shows. Though it’s not entirely the same to watching with someone by your side, it’s the next best thing while we have to physically isolate, but want to remain connected virtually. You can react in real-time and discuss the show/film together afterward!
(6) Just talk!
An obvious way to communicate… but sometimes all you need to do is to have a good old talk. In our modern world, sometimes with all the technology, we may have forgotten in the past to properly engage with friends on outings. Now that we’re at home, the telephone or doing a video chat with a friend is really the only way to stay in touch through apps such as Whatsapp, Facetime, Skype or even House Party. It’s fundamental to maintaining that vital human connection we need to keep us happy and healthy. So don’t feel the pressure to do anything different or inventive, just a simple conversation and a catch-up is the perfect way to spend time online with friends.