This is a phrase that’s been repeated ad nauseam over the last few weeks, but it’s true.
Counties and cities are becoming even more locked-down as time goes on. People being forced to work from home. People being forced to stay indoors in order to combat this virus and flatten the curve.
But this is a time where social media and video chats can flourish.
This is truly a time where, despite physically not being together, we are more connected than ever before.
I’ve received more Facebook and Instagram Live notifications than ever before and I don’t mind. Not one bit.
People are sharing their lives, their activities, their dance moves, and even their cooking with all of us. Some businesses are doing AMAs to calm customers or sharing good tips with all of us.
I’m here for it.
FaceTime, Goole Hangouts, and Zoom video conferencing is the new normal. Digital happy hours, digital run groups or workout classes, cooking parties, virtual bachelor and bachelorette parties, virtual play dates or “hello’s” to nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and grandparents are just a handful of the ways people are utilizing these tools. (Editor’s note:when using video conferencing tools, be sure to keep the camera at the right angle (straight ahead) and be sure to use the mute tool if you’re not talking or need to use the bathroom)
Using social media is allowing those who might feel socially isolated to stay in contact with the outside world. It’s allowing those who might live alone, a way to feel connected to others. Yeah, you might get the handful of people who are still negative or spreading “fake news”, but the good far outweighs the bad right now.
Do the TikTok dance.
Do some virtual challenge.
Get some tv /movie recommendations.
Support small businesses.
Go Facebook / Instagram Live.
Sign up for a digital workout class.
Share what you’re doing to pass the time.
Showcase your side hustle (if you can).
Study up on best practices.
Talk to friends and family.
Go out on digital dates.
But mostly, stay connected. The longer we don’t physically social distance, the more the government will likely force us to.
This too shall pass.
But don’t pass on the opportunity to talk to people right now. We’re all in the same boat – not physically though, since that wouldn’t be smart.
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