When living apart, it can be difficult to maintain or even build relationships. So, how do you stay connected? With technology, most communication can be handled via a personal computer or mobile device. If you have basic internet access, there are multiple ways to reach out and check in on your loved ones.
Here are five ways to socially connect with people you can’t see in person:
- Create a group text: If you’re looking for a place where people can share ideas, provide commentary or just check in, create a group chat. Depending on your mobile device and service provider, you can accommodate up to 10 to 25 people. It’s great for long distance communication, because even when you’re unavailable, there’s a record of everything you missed.
- Play online games: Miss playing sports with family or friends? Keep your competitive spirit alive with online gaming. This includes console titles with multiplayer options like Fortnite and Minecraft. If you’re old school, there are plenty of online versions of card or board games like Monopoly and Dominion, as well as the social media favorite Words with Friends.
- Video chat: In corporate spaces, virtual meetings have become the norm. But you can also utilize the same apps and programs at home. Anyone with an internet connection or smart phone can talk one-on-one or in a group. Notable options include Skype, Google Hangout and FaceTime.
- Utilize social media: Get the most out of the “social” in social media. Many of our favorite apps have multiple ways to connect its users. This includes private groups, messaging and video conferencing. Facebook and Instagram are heavy on visuals and have become popular for keeping family, friends and even co-workers in the loop.
- Make the call: There’s nothing like hearing a loved one’s voice. Whether it’s cellular or a landline, phone calls are still a prominent form of communication. They’re more personal than an email or text and allow you to pick up on things you wouldn’t notice in print.
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