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Socializing at a distance


Social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak means you can no longer meet up with your friends for drinks, visit your family for dinner, or really socialize in person in any meaningful way. In response, people have moved their traditional parties, happy hours, and even playdates online. From Zoom get-togethers to virtual board game nights, here’s how socializing is moving (even more) online.

A laptop with a Netflix menu page on the screen.

How to use Teleparty to stream movies and shows with your friends

You can't always be together for movie night. Teleparty lets you sync Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Disney+ with all your friends to enjoy streaming night virtually.

You’ll soon be able to video call your Tinder matches

Match Group said it’s developing a one-on-one video chatting feature for its premier dating app, Tinder, and plans to roll it out sometime later this year.
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Why virtual reality will be a must-have for our socially distanced future

Videoconferencing platforms have exploded since coronavirus. But those looking for more dimensions are turning to virtual reality, and selling out headsets.
reddit start chatting button launches

Reddit’s new feature is bringing back AOL-style chat rooms

Reddit is making chatting with strangers on the internet hip again with Start Chatting, a button that generates a random small group chat room with strangers.
Messenger Rooms

Facebook is releasing its answer to Zoom with Messenger Rooms

Social media giant Facebook announced Messenger Rooms, a video-calling feature that allows up to 50 users to start a virtual hangout with no time limit.
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Coronavirus isolation fuels surge in mental health posts on Instagram

Instagram users are turning to the platform to share their struggles with mental health as the ongoing coronavirus spreads, keeping millions of people indoors.

What is Houseparty, the social video app with millions of new users?

Stuck at home? Houseparty lets you have virtual face-to-face interactions with your friends and family while playing games and quizzes.
Love Is Quarantine

Love Is Quarantine: Instagram dating show pairs couples in ‘pandemic pods’

Instagram account @loveisquarantine is adapting the model of breakout Netflix reality show "Love Is Blind" during coronavirus to create virtual connections.