How to Stay Connected While Maintaining Social Distance
Our sincere desire for physical connectivity is coded into our DNA.
We are social beings – 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 plague as Corona Virus has taken over the world by storm.
This disease is a challenge for everyone today.
This virus forced humanity to keep a distance from each other as it is highly contagious.
Several people around the world are facing temporary isolation if they are diagnosed with COVID-19.
Those suspected to be in contact with someone who had COVID-19 are also kept in isolation and tested before considered cleared.
The situation is getting worst as we speak.
In the USA, according to a report by the US Census Bureau, approximately 28% of Americans are isolated from the rest.
Those who appear healthy are advised to stay at home to practice social distancing.
This social distancing can be called a strategy to slow down the spread of the disease because, as discussed earlier, COVID-19 is contagious.
Here social distancing also means that you should avoid shaking hands or getting too close.
Initially, the cancellation of large events, which had more than 450 people were observed.
Now, companies, groups, and organizations have canceled even regular activities such as the workplace and asked their employees to work from home.
The COVID-19 is a global emergency. We have to understand the socially distancing ourselves from others will result in slowing down the spread of the Corona Virus.
However, maintaining social distance will results in fewer face to face interactions, which will potentially increase the risk of feeling lonely.
Are you concerned? Don’t worry, Prymal Digital is here to tell you how to stay connected while maintaining social distance.
We already told you some necessary information about the now-infamous COVID-19. Now, let’s discuss why social distancing is a concern for all and how you can stay connected.
Why Social Distancing Will Increase the Risk of Feeling Lonely?
From history, we learned that we have always lived in groups, villages, cities, tribes, or at least as a family.
This reason is why social distancing will be a challenge for humanity.
We know that living in isolation can have a negative impact on health; however, we are not aware of the effects of compulsory isolation.
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 by up to 50% as compared to someone who is socially not isolated.
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 – for older people, we can teach them how to use them.
We can show our support online. We can engage with people globally and join together to ally against the COVID-19.
Moreover, you can install these apps on your phone and reach out to anyone you want to.
Let us tell you some of the most basic yet amazing applications that will help you stay connected anytime, anywhere.
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 forgot to mention that FaceTime also allows you to chat with 32 people at the same time – yes it does.
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.
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 just the thing for you.
However, we recommend this app for teenagers/youngsters because of the effects and different tones you can add to your video messages.
Do we even need to introduce you to skype?
With 300 million active monthly users, Skype is one of the best software 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.
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 now and beat the heat out of loneliness today.
Last but on the least Facebook Messenger.
There are more than 1 billion people on Facebook. Theoretically, 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.
COVID-19 may have forced us to distance ourselves from each other socially, but with the technology we have today, we can stay connected.
Prymal Digital believes that the world needs us right now. We can save it by staying at home and reducing the risk of spreading this virus.
Until an antidote, cure, or vaccine is created for the COVID-19, we recommend that you stay at home and connect with everyone using the best apps that are mentioned above.
Stay safe and connect technologically!