Things to do to stay connected and distracted in quarantine, From Zoom parties to binge-watching 'Tiger King'
- As the new reality of living through a pandemic sets in, people are searching to temper the deluge of medical information and intimidating headlines with quarantine entertainment.
- While typical stress relief activities may be harder to orchestrate during a time of mass social distancing and sheltering in place, there are a number of ways to steer clear of coronavirus news and enjoy the time at home.
- Between new Netflix series, mass gaming movements, and quarantine social media content, you can find small ways to make the most of social distancing.
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The novel coronavirus is no longer culturally novel - it's been several weeks since schools and non-essential workplaces began to close down, and many are settling into what's become a new normal of social distancing. In lieu of face-to-face contact, people around the world have developed new ways to stay connected and still have fun, even while adhering to public health guidelines.
From bingeing Netflix series like "Tiger King" to celebrating birthdays with family to getting really passionate about baking bread, we've compiled some suggestions on how to entertain yourself - and still hang out with your friends - while quarantined.
Meet up with your friends virtually while playing games together, whether it's playing a board game like "Settlers of Catan" online or meeting up with pals in virtual worlds.
Quarantine also affords the perfect opportunity to get into cooking by putting pantry staples to good use and testing out more ambitious recipes.
Make efforts to stay connected with your friends using video chatting platforms to throw parties and just hang out.
Stay connected with the people you still see outside of a screen as well, whether it's planning fun nights to hang out or honoring birthday celebrations.
Even though many artists have been forced to cancel tours in light of the pandemic, you can still catch performances from some of your favorite performances online.
Cheer up quarantined friends with a shoutout from their favorite celebrity via Cameo.
Try out Netflix's quarantine-friendly feature, Netflix Party, while binge-watching "Tiger King."
Take advantage of HBO's special social distancing offerings and watch shows for free.
Make the most of Quibi, a new streaming service launching in April.
If you're desperate for some time away from home while practicing appropriate social distancing, you can witness the renaissance of drive-in movies.
Find some levity by browsing quarantine TikToks and memes — or make your own.
Indulge your Instagram-stalking tendencies and discover quarantine memes with your friends, thanks to the app's new Co-Watching feature.
Peruse Twitter's best quarantine memes.
Entertain your neighbors with a "bear hunt."
Enjoy music video parodies on YouTube.
Join a virtual workout class (for free).
If you prefer to disconnect from technology, take some time to dig into your backlog of books.
Use the newfound free time to work your way through the all-time best albums of Spotify.
Take virtual tours of cities, museums, and national parks to "escape" your home.
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