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Simple Ways To Keep Yourself Engaged During The Covid-19 Lockdown

With COVID-19 cases increasing exponentially and the whole world going into lockdown, it now seems like self-quarantine is the new norm. For most, the lines of professional and personal spaces are blurring as ‘work from home’ approaches gain momentum. Kids are also getting a taste of their future as online classes become ubiquitous. However, the adjustment can be difficult and with a lack of routine, it’s often hard to follow timelines. This can lead people to a sense of frustration and despondency. Additionally, being confined in a closed space with no option of getting out is annoying at best. This is not the time to let yourself be swayed by negative feelings; instead, one needs to use the time productively. Here are some ways in which you can keep yourself and your loved ones engaged constructively.

  1. Stay virtually connected through video chat

With travel completely prohibited or greatly restricted for most people right now, it’s tough to reach out to family and friends. Thanks to technology, though, there are ways to be in touch with them. Virtual connection using video chat is one strategy to be close to your near and dear ones. With it, you can not only talk to your family and friends but also see them in close-to-real time. Visual contact helps alleviate bad moods, bring people closer, and relieve concerns. Video chatting portals like Camfrog offer seamless video chat options to link you with both known and unknown people.

If you are feeling lonely during this self-quarantine phase and want to make new friends, just sign up on any of these video chat platforms and find like-minded people. All you have to do is download the app, create a profile, set your filters and start looking. Just ensure that you have a good internet connection with decent speed and a smart gadget to download the program.

These video chat platforms are some of the best ways to keep boredom at bay. Connecting with people to discuss your worries and woes can also be a way to deal with all the stress surrounding the pandemic. You can use it to have stimulating conversations. Additionally, platforms like Camfrog offer public chat rooms that you can join to connect with many new people at one time. These platforms are an excellent place to have interesting debates and discussions; and share images, videos and audio, making conversations feel more like they are face-to-face.

  1. Read to your heart’s content

Quite often, we are so engrossed in our daily routine of managing our jobs, homes, and families that we forget to have a good time. However, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, most people are locked down in their homes. With nowhere to go and no social obligations to follow, you can take time out for yourself and spend it in the company of books, something you may not have found time for in a while.

If you are an avid reader, get all your books off their dusty shelves and read to your heart’s content. Those of you new to reading will find that the internet is filled with endless good option, with both physical and digital copies. Just pick one that catches your eye and get started. Choose an ebook or audiobook and you don’t even have to find shelf space to store them!

  1. Watch your favourite shows on Netflix

Make use of technology and stream your favorite shows on Netflix. You can pick your favorite show or movie from a variety of genres and indulge in some binge-watching with a bowl of popcorn as company.

Remember, these days of not having too much to do will not last forever, so make the most of it. If you do not have Netflix, the internet is full of sources to find films and watch them with your family. In fact, you can plan your weekends with back-to-back shows or have a movie marathon with some delectable home-cooked food. With proper lighting and setting, it can give you the feel of sitting in a movie hall.

  1. Attend virtual events

During normal times, it can be tough to accommodate events in your busy schedule, but thanks to home quarantine, you have the opportunity to attend different virtual events organized by friends, brands, and bands you love. In fact, due to the present condition, many interesting webinars and workshops are being conducted online to keep people productive. You can attend cooking classes, join an art workshop, or enroll for meditation sessions without having to worry about the logistics of a physical space. Simply sit in the comfort of your home and slot in time to attend any interesting and intellectually stimulating workshops you discover. You will not regret it!

  1. Join online hobby classes

We all have hobbies that we have tried to nurture before starting our professional lives, but owing to our work schedules and home commitments we often forget about them. Now that you are at home with no office to go to, it is a good time to get back to that hobby and pursue it. So pick up your old guitar, tune it and join some online guitar lessons to hone your skills, or indulge in candle making or photography lessons. There are innumerable choices available through online platforms like Udemy, Coursera, edX, etc with both paid and free options. All you need to do is pick your favorite and start immediately.

  1. Revisit shelved projects/plans

Take out that unfinished project that you once started with all enthusiasm but could never complete because of paucity of time. Finish writing that book you began years ago and finally get it published. Add another feather to your cap by revitalizing an old piece of furniture. Anything works, we promise. And don’t forget the immense satisfaction you’ll feel after finishing with something you had left halfway done!

  1. Network

With social distancing, people are spending a great deal of time on varied social media platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and others. Take advantage of this and use it to build contacts. Create new accounts if you don’t have them already and make your social media presence stronger. A lot of people are taking to the virtual medium to spread awareness about COVID-19 best practices and are using this medium to expand their platforms. You can also use it to reach out to people from your professional field and create a network. Who knows, it might help later on in bagging some good projects!

  1. Indulge in cooking

It is said that cooking is therapeutic, so why not use the time in self-quarantine to learn some new dishes or cuisines? Revisit those cook books you bought years ago but never found time to actually experiment with. Many online platforms are offering cooking courses at discounted prices at the moment, so enroll in them or simply download the recipes from the internet. You could even plan a candlelight dinner with something exquisite right at home and give your family another reason to smile during this challenging time. Try making cooking a family activity and include your partner and children in your culinary experiments. Not only will they learn something new, it will be a great way to spend time together as a family. From simple homemade cakes to delicious pasta and pizzas, home cooking can be a lot of fun.

  1. Bond with family

Very often, we get so engrossed in our busy work life that we forget to take time out for our loved ones. Even home commitments can be too many to really enjoy time with family. Now that work is going at a slower pace and there are no meetings to rush to or air travel to catch, it is an excellent time to bond with family. Do activities as a family and make this time in quarantine count. Indulge in board games, cook with your kids and have a picnic in your backyard, start some DIY projects involving all members of the family, or simply watch a movie together. There is a plethora of options that you can explore to come together as a family.

  1. Exercise the bad feelings out

When you exercise, you release happiness hormones, so why not get rid of all the negativity, lethargy, and boredom with some workout routines. You might not be able to go out for walks or runs in the park or even attend your favorite yoga class, but as they say, where there is a will, there is a way.

Many experts have started online workout sessions at discounted prices— from yoga and pilates to Zumba and many others. Pick your favorite and enroll for a class right away. You can also download a good workout routine from Pinterest or any other online portal and do a mix of exercises. Select a new form daily. It will add to the novelty and also keep you motivated. You could also have a group workout session with your friends through online video chat platforms like Camfrog. It will give you that much needed motivation to push your limits and keep at it day after day while simultaneously making the workout session all the more fun.

  1. Dance away your blues

Dancing is an excellent way to boost your mood. Not only does it help overcome your worries, but it also sets the course for the coming few days. You can play your favorite songs and dance away your blues all by yourself for that endorphin rush, or get your family to join in and make it a fun family activity.

You could also enroll in an online dance class and learn a new form of dance. You can even get your spouse to be your partner and make the most of your time together. Any of the latin dances like the salsa, tango, or even the jive is great couples dances to learn. They are easy and fun. Moreover, in the bargain you could lose some weight and also learn a new skill!

  1. Organize and clean

If you have been waiting for one free weekend in the past few months to clear all your cupboards and re-organize them, but haven’t found the time to do so, now is that time. Go room by room and clear out all the junk that has been stacked away in lofts and shelves forever, clean the cupboards, and throw out old stuff that has been lingering. Clearing out clutter is also therapeutic. You can get your kids and partner to help you too.

Once you have cleaned out the rooms, you can take on rearranging household items like sofas, chairs, television, showpieces and others to give your home a makeover and a fresh new look without buying a thing.

  1. Indulge in gardening

Being one with nature is a great stress buster. Give some time to your lawn. Trim the hedges, weed the grass, plant new flowers, or re-arrange your existing pots. Get your children to help you with this activity. Not only will they learn something new but they will also understand the importance of nature. It is a great family activity.

If you have any garden books, now is the time they can come in handy. If not, the internet can be your best friend. There are a lot of easy-to-do videos to manage lawns on YouTube. Learn from them and apply that learning to your soon to be luscious garden.

With so many things to do, you are sure to find one that keeps you occupied in a productive manner. However, when all is said and done, don’t feel pressured to be productive. In the words of Fay Lin, a mental health advocate, “It is okay to struggle with productivity, mourn the experiences that were canceled due to social distancing, and feel anxious about the uncertainty.” Use this time to hit the reset button on your life. Long working hours, late nights, unending travel commitments, missed deadlines, working weekends, and boring social obligations: your life has probably been a mix of all these things since your career began. Now that you have the time, why not take a break? Focus on yourself and your loved ones, consciously practice self-care, video chat with friends — consider this a time to rejuvenate and recharge yourself.

How The World Is Making The Most Of Virtual Mediums To Stay Connected In The Time Of Coronavirus

It has been over a month since the entire world went into a lockdown situation faced with an unseen enemy. Life without travel, office work, going out for movies, dining at a restaurant, going to school, or stepping out for walks is what the present-day situation offers all over the world since Covid-19 struck. As a result, many of you have been spiraling into emotional distress, depression and frustration. Day-to-day functioning itself is no less than a challenge. However, thanks to technology and the virtual mediums available to you, it is easier to stay connected and be productive within the confines of your home. Here is how you can leverage the myriad virtual platforms available in constructive ways.

  1. Video chat platforms

One of the most important things that you must be missing in today’s time of self-quarantine and social distancing is meeting their family and friends. Never had anybody imagined a day where you would be confined to their homes on account of a viral infection affecting not just a neighborhood but the entire world! In fact today, many of you are stuck in far-flung places away from your loved ones, unable to get back to your homes due to the lockdown, leaving you and your family and friends worried. However, you can easily leverage popular video chat platforms like

Video chatting is a new way to link up with people. All you need is a smart device like a laptop, smartphone, or tablet; a good internet connection; and a microphone and speakers. With this equipment in place, you simply need to download the app of your choice, create an account, and start video chatting with whomever you want. This unique experience of video chatting is not just restricted to known people. You can use it to connect with other like-minded individuals as well, who might be unfamiliar with you. Since many of you might be getting bored staying home, why not use video chat platforms to forge new bonds, create new associations, and indulge in interesting conversations. Some video chat platforms like Camfrog also have public chat rooms options wherein you can connect with multiple people simultaneously. These chat rooms are a great medium to have interesting discussions with a large group of friends or family members, or to meet new people. You can also share exciting videos, audio messages, and snippets of documents.

  1. Gaming apps

The spread of the life-threatening COVID-19 has shifted lives online for millions who are finding solace in virtual entertainment and communication. As a result, apps and services like Roblox, where users can build and play games, or Microsoft-owned game platform Mixer and chat app Discord, are finding a surge in user numbers. On these platforms, people can interact and chat while playing games together or working out a crossword puzzle. In fact, it is estimated that the online gaming market will touch $1.1billion by 2021, according to Google-KPMG.

These gaming apps are not only a way to pass the time but also a way to connect with people, as they host many users from different parts of the world coming together to play. With social distancing becoming the new normal, these gaming-related services are a place for community life. Browse the plethora of gaming apps available online, read their reviews, and download them for some fun activity with your friends and family.

  1. Travel through the virtual world

Travel enthusiasts are some of the worst affected by the lockdown and a complete ban on travel. But fret not, the virtual world has something quite life-like in store for you through the online virtual world Second Life. Download the app and become a resident of the Second Life, where you create virtual representations of yourself, called avatars, and then interact with places, objects, and other avatars. You can explore the entire world known as the Grid, meet the residents from other places, socialize, and participate in different activities.

This virtual world is an excellent way to explore the world in today’s time of quarantine as you are not bound by any restrictions of time, place, or money. You can at least attain visual happiness through a virtual medium and make good use of your time at home.

  1. Online educational platforms

Online educational programs have been gaining traction in the last few years, but now with COVID-19 banging on everyone’s door, virtual education has become compulsory for many. With schools shut, there are more than 1.5 billion children at home with only online courses or educational platforms to help them with their studies. In fact, many educational institutions have started online courses, while some educational technology firms are giving out free classes to help counteract the sudden closure of schools. A lot of platforms like Coursera and Udemy are offering courses for free or at discounted prices in order to get more people to join.

These platforms not only offer core subject material but also have hobby/interest courses like photography, music, videography, dance, and more. You can enroll your children and join in them yourself. If you have time, consider making hobby lessons a family activity you do together. It will be a great learning experience and at the same time an excellent way to bond as a family.

  1. Online dating apps

With no real life dating possible right now, the online dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, Grindr, are getting more users. They are great visual means of finding people and striking up a conversation with them. So, if you are alone and in search of a partner or want to indulge in casual dating, get on one of these dating sites. You can message, video chat, and even do voice calls. Ensure that the sites that you enroll in are secure and trustworthy— you don’t want your information stolen. Do a thorough search and seek reviews before enrolling in any of them. It is time to start your romance in pixels. Get on any of the popular dating apps and you never know who you might find.

  1. Attending events virtually

You might have never had the time to attend an event or workshop due to your busy work schedule, but now that there are no flights to catch for an out of town meeting or office deadlines to meet, give it a try! With fewer social family commitments to fulfill, take time out from the chaos of the world and do the things that you have wished for a long time. There is a lot of activity going on online. Companies are holding webinars, workshops and talks for people. From talks on coronavirus to hair-cutting lessons, painting workshops, and discussions on how to keep physically fit and emotionally strong in these times, a lot is happening. All you need to do is put in your interest on the internet and be ready to absorb the information you will receive.

  1. Skill learning through e-tutorials

It’s time to learn something new during this pandemic, and thanks to technology there is no need to step out of your home to do that. With e-classes started by online educators, you can learn many different types of skills. From refurbishing old clothes into something fashionable to playing an instrument, taking on photography, or even learning a new language, you have it all! Some of these classes are free, while others are available at discounted prices. So just punch in your requirement, and you will get a list of skills that you can acquire in quarantine. However, do good research and read reviews before deciding on the course as many courses promise more than they deliver.

  1. Exercising with your e-guru

If you’re sick of sitting at home and putting on weight because your regular walk/run in the park or gym visit is not possible, why not join a workout regime online? There are numerous apps that you can download with different workout regimes. Some of them are free, while others have a nominal fee to support the platform and instructors.

Those of you who like to pump weights can check out some hardcore workouts with a virtual instructor to guide you through the sessions. Those who enjoy dance as part of their exercise regime can enroll in Zumba classes or even join a salsa community to practice footwork and technique. If you don’t want to download apps and pay up for them, there are simple workout plans available on YouTube, too. Just type in the form of exercise you would like, and you will be amazed at the choices that come up.

  1. Hone your culinary skills

Cooking is a great stress reliever for many people, and with a lot of time on your hands now that you are at home 24/7, why not try out some different cuisines? There are plenty of videos going around social media with people sharing what they have been cooking along with the recipes. You could check out those on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, among other platforms.

If you want to get into some serious cooking, there are many cooking platforms with chefs of high repute sharing their recipes. Plan out a dinner date for you and your partner this weekend, and cook some delectable cuisine with the help of recipes available online. You can even make it a Sunday family activity and involve your children, too. Once the cooking is done, plan a picnic in your backyard or living room with all the tasty food onboard and spend some quality time as a family.

  1. Movies and exciting series available online

Another great pastime is watching shows or movies with your family, an activity you may not have indulged in the past due to the chaotic lives and busy social commitments we typically have.

Take time out and use it to watch all those old flicks you could never complete or start a new series that is trending. Get reviews from friends and family on the best show of late, and binge some entertainment. With phenomenal internet speeds and excellent online content available, it should not be a problem to find a suitable film or show. Netflix, Hotstar, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and HBO are some of the trending online entertainment platforms with movies and series of different genres. These are paid subscriptions but are well worth every penny. From sci-fiction to horror, murder mystery, comedy to drama – they have it all! If you’re not looking to subscribe, check out YouTube for some awesome free series. Plan a theatre night for you and your family with beverages, popcorn, and a great movie, and you will surely have a lot of fun.

Conclusion

In the times of coronavirus, with people forced into lockdown or quarantine, there’s an increased risk for mental health issues. This reinforces the need to stay connected to friends and family through virtual modes and find productive ways to stay engaged with different activities. These virtual mediums are a blessing as they serve to help people function as normally as they can. Not only do they help in keeping in touch with loved ones, but they also offer myriad forms of entertainment and education. It is important to leverage these platforms and gain productively in these times of self-quarantine and social distancing.

Video Chat Is A Top Choice As People Worldwide Go Into Isolation Because Of Coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has taken the world by storm with an increasing number of people falling prey to this virus. It has created mass fear and worry amongst people, with several countries under a complete lockdown. Governments and local authorities are trying their best to contain this beast, and in doing so, have asked their citizens to put their best foot forward by staying in isolation.

People have been asked to remain indoors and take the necessary precautions through social distancing. With the chaotic and busy lifestyle that most people have, however, it is challenging to sit still. One way to avert boredom and maintain a more ordinary life is to take available technologies in stride. Staying connected with friends and family through common social media apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram is one way to experience the outside world from inside. However, if you want to explore further and make new associations, video chat platforms like Camfrog are a great solution. Not only do they offer a means to meet new people, but they also provide interesting conversations where you can discuss something other than the dreaded coronavirus. Here’s why this virtual method of socializing is gaining momentum in a world struck by COVID-19.

  • Meet and greet without physical contact

Most of us are used to going out for dinners, meeting friends over coffee, or stepping out to watch our favorite movie in the theaters. However, with coronavirus looming in the last few weeks, all social gatherings have come to a standstill. In some areas, even grocery stores and supermarkets are deserted. Having no physical contact with the outside world can be tough, even for the best of us. But with scores of video chat portals popping up in every Google search, there is a beautiful opportunity to connect with others while still following social distancing rules.

Using the internet and video chatting apps, you can easily find like-minded people and forge new bonds. You might use them for casual dating, or even be lucky enough to find lifelong partners through them. However, to be able to start video chatting for any purpose, you need to review certain things. Do you have:

  1. A reliable and high-speed internet connection?
  2. An external HD webcam (or high-quality built-in cam) that gives clear video?
  3. A good microphone and proper speakers for superior sound quality?

With the basics all set, now you can browse through various video chatting platforms to choose your favorite. Be wary of bogus sites with the sole intention of getting your personal details, and be vigilant while giving out details. Do a thorough study and check out reviews before deciding on any one platform.

  • Speak without hesitation

One of the main advantages of video chatting is that there is no baggage or obligation to impress. You can be yourself and speak freely without worrying about other people’s opinions. If you feel uncomfortable, you can always leave the chat and block the concerned person(s). Since you are interacting most often with unknown people, there is no need to maintain unsuitable relations. Remember, you are your own master, so don’t feel guilty or have any hesitation. There are millions like you on the lookout for friends in this time of physical distancing, so you can always find more like-minded people.

  • A reason to get dressed

Staying home in today’s time of coronavirus and being bludgeoned with a host of tasks to do at home—from cooking to cleaning to watching the kids—you might not have the energy or inclination to dress up. However, if you know that there is a video call planned, you will definitely take that extra effort to look presentable. Wear a nice outfit, put on some makeup, do your hair well.  Afterall, physical impressions do matter, especially in the initial stage of getting to know somebody. Getting spiffed up can also lift your mood, because who doesn’t like to look good. Get ready to look your best before you start your first video chat with someone known or unknown.

  • Indulge in interesting discussions through chat rooms

One exciting feature of video chatting platforms is public chat rooms. Not all chat programs have this ability, but many like Camfrog have interesting chat rooms that people can log into and use to have discussions on myriad topics. You can share your views, exchange video and audio clips, and make chatting a community affair. It is a healthy way to discuss important issues. It also adds a fun element to the conversation, with many people adding their two cents to any topic, sharing jokes, and even making their own videos.

As they say, “What’s life if so full of care, there is no time to stand and stare,” so make time for these small things in life to get your mind off the scary state of the world.

  • An inexpensive form of socializing

Just imagine going out to a party with friends and only paying for your beer and food. Wouldn’t it be much cheaper than splitting a huge bill, paying for a cab, and maybe even paying for entry into a fancy hotel or club? This is where virtual get-togethers can improve upon the everyday choice.

Join a public chat room or make one with your new friends, and then bring your own liquor and eats and have a virtual party! Add some fun by dressing up, playing music, and planning games that work online. The only thing missing will be physical contact with one another, but you are sure to have as much fun. Many innovative ideas are floating around on the internet to spice up your virtual parties. Get some and plan your next virtual get-together through video chatting platforms to beat the corona blues.

  • The place does not matter

With video chatting, you can party without having to make an effort to step out of your home or travel to a far-off place to meet your friends. It is possible to sit in your favorite PJs and connect with friends and family and have a bash. If you’re planning to meet new people for dating purposes or otherwise, you can do so easily from the comfort of your home. It will not only relax those tense nerves but also help you continue with your social life in times of COVID-19.

  • Share videos and audios easily

With video chatting platforms, you can not only chat with people but also share video clips of your favorite TV shows, or a trending song you want to talk about. You can also make audio clips and take exciting pictures to share with others. This is a great way to connect with friendly strangers and find new things to talk about. However, not all video chatting apps have this facility of sharing files, videos, and audios, so it is important to check for this feature while shortlisting. Some apps like Camfrog will provide this feature, making video chatting more fun and interactive.

  • Networking and working from home

With coronavirus affecting work and businesses, people are finding it tough to meet their deadlines, complete unfinished work, and find new jobs. However, video chatting can help address these issues. Those continuing with a normal work schedule can plan out their weeks by using video chat apps for video conferencing, and those in search of new work can network through chat rooms. You never know when you might find the next excellent project or assignment.

  • Connecting with family in affected areas

With most of us in quarantine mode, it is almost impossible to meet family and friends with whom you don’t already live. It can be scary not knowing the health of your loved ones on a daily basis. With video chatting, these problems are put to rest. You can not only hear from family and friends, but also see them. Visual contact might not be the same as physical contact, but it’s the next best thing. Make use of technology in these trying times to stay in touch with your family in COVID 19 affected areas.

Given all these fantastic benefits of video chatting in time of self-quarantine, you are sure to want to try it out soon, but do you know the best way to get the most out of video chat? Here are some simple and easy-to-follow tips for video chatting.

  • Internet speeds

You need to have good internet speeds that can ensure a smooth and clear connection. Remember that video chatting needs considerably more bandwidth than just emailing or web browsing.

  • Compatibility

Ensure that your device—be it the smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer— is compatible with the app you choose. You might need to upgrade your software or even the device itself to use the latest version of some video chat apps. Also, ensure that the app can run on any operating system such as Windows, iOS, and others. This will make it easier to connect and stream.

  • Proper webcam

Do not rely on the built-in webcams that come along with laptops. They are usually low resolution and make your picture blurry. If you can find one, invest in an external HD webcam. They are available online so you don’t need to step out or break quarantine.

  • Natural lighting

Ensure that you have as much natural lighting as you can while on a video call. Never sit right in front of a window. Instead, place yourself in a way that the light is shining on your face. In case you do not have natural lighting, find the most well-lit room you can access and make it your studio.

  • Reduce background noise

Find a quiet place for video chatting. It is rude to have a lot of noise in the background when you are on a video call with someone. Preferably, choose a time when there is the least activity in your home or find a room where no one will disturb you while you are chatting.

  • Sharing options

Many video chatting platforms do not have file-sharing options. This limit chatting capabilities. Prioritize those platforms that allow easy exchange of videos, audio, and other files. This will make the chatting experience more enjoyable and interactive.

  • Anonymity of identity

Often you might not want to share your details with any stranger you meet online on these video chatting mediums. Many platforms allow you to stay anonymous as a user. This guarantees a higher level of safety and also allows you to speak freely.

  • Multilingual capabilities

Look for video chatting platforms that allow chatting in different languages, like Camfrog. This helps in connecting with people from all over the world. It also allows you to speak freely in whichever language you are most comfortable in.

  • Don’t give personal details or share information

Meeting strangers online can be quite intimidating, so it is best to be formal and cautious as a beginner. Never share intimate details with anyone in the first few conversations. Get to know the person well and then decide if you want to go ahead with providing any identifying information. Also, do not download anything, be it file, photo, or video, unless from a trusted source. Be wary and smart to avoid technological harm and enjoy to best parts of the Internet.

Conclusion

Video chatting has been a popular medium for forging new relations and cementing old ones for a while now, but with coronavirus knocking on each of our doors, the world is moving online with greater force and speed than ever before. Video chat is also a good way to take a break from the mundane household chores and be a part of a new form of socializing. Embrace it with open arms and soon you won’t want to stop!

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Make The Most Of Video Chat To Socialize Amidst The Coronavirus Epidemic

The greatest pandemic of the 21st century – COVID 19 – has gripped the earth. Schools and offices are shut down, restaurants and social spaces are deserted, and people are confined to their homes, finding it tough to pass the time. Most notably, “social distancing” is terminology that has become a part of the active vocabulary of children and adults alike. Having advanced technology is a great boon in these times, though. It offers people a viable option to stay connected with friends and family. In fact, video chatting has emerged as a great option for the young and old alike to socialize amidst the coronavirus epidemic, without losing the face-to-face connection. Let’s find out how we can make the most of this modern form of socialization and what the best video chatting mediums to stay connected are.

Benefits of video chatting

Video chatting is a great way to connect today while the whole world isolates due to the threat of coronavirus. It not only helps with making new friends and acquaintances, but also allows you to keep in touch with family and friends and enquire about their well-being. Here are some reasons why you should take up video chatting if you haven’t already.

  • Socializing remotely

Amid physical, social distancing, people are finding innovative ways to socialize online. Turning to the scores of social media platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, they update their statuses, send messages, and keep in touch with their near and dear ones. If you want to make new friends in this time of “social distancing”, one effective medium that can be effective is video chats. There are hundreds of video chat applications available today, whose basic aim is to help people connect with strangers from all over the world in a bid to forge new bonds. In fact, amidst all the serious and oft depressing talk and news of coronavirus, video chatting comes as a welcome respite. Also, finding somebody to share your views and fears about this dreaded viral threat, helps relieve tension. But if you want to take your mind off the statistics and discuss other things in these self-quarantined times, video chat makes for an amazing outlet too.

Creating a happy environment

Everything is a little glum these days, fueled by dread of COVID 19. People are not stepping outside their homes at all— a rarity with today’s chaotic lifestyles and busy work schedules, and being in confined spaces can get quite depressing. Video chatting can help alleviate these feelings. The prospect of meeting new people to talk to without having to step outside your home is both motivating and exciting. While speaking with complete strangers can be a little overwhelming initially, once the ice is broken it can be a great boon. For instance, there is no requirement to prove yourself. You can be what you are and speak about what you like without the fear of being judged.

Spending a couple of hours in this environment will help set the pace for the rest of the day and help overcome forced “social distancing”.

  • Dress as you like

With no office to go to or formal and informal dinners to attend or movie nights to relish, life can get quite boring. You might begin your day in your PJs and end it the same way. However, having to meet somebody through the virtual medium is motivation to fix yourself up. Adding that dash of makeup or trying out a new hairstyle you learned on YouTube can lift your mood. This type of self-care kills two birds with one stone. You get dressed up and feel good like you might during normal life, and you also get to meet someone interesting (even if it is through a screen).

  • Communal watching of favorite shows or news

Many video chatting platforms like Camfrog offer free access to videos in countries worst hit by COVID-19 like Italy, South Korea, Spain, Germany, France, and others. Watch videos with your new virtual friends and ditch the isolation blues. You can also use free video to stay in touch with your friends and family all across the globe. Try killing time by watching Youtube videos with others through video chatting platforms. Simply share the video link and watch it simultaneously in real-time. It will give you the feeling of watching a movie in a theater or cheering for your favorite football team together.

Watching shows, news, and other videos of common interests can also be a precursor to interesting conversations. It can make for intellectual discussions and a platform to share your views on myriad topics.

  • A good way to network

With the world economy taking a major hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, there is a general lull on the job front. People are scared of losing their jobs, and new jobs are hard to find. Video chats, though typically used for more casual and fun rendezvous, can be a great way to network too. You can join video chat rooms related to your current job or the kind of work you would like to learn, and use this medium to meet like-minded people. You can also use it to find freelancing assignments from home. You might be surprised when luck knocks on your door. Don’t shy away from sharing your professional prowess while you are having fun in this physical distancing phase.

  • Have a virtual party

When the parties are out of the question, it is time to take the party virtual through video chat platforms. Many people rely on social networking services for group video chatting to have get-togethers even though they are miles apart. It helps alleviate bad moods, get people out of the monotony, dress up well, and have a hearty laugh. Use these platforms to make new friends and invite them to common chat rooms for a virtual party with drinks, popcorn, and some groovy music. Believe you me, it is a great way to beat the corona blues!

Now that you have understood the various benefits of video chatting during this social alienation phase, here’s how to find a good video chatting platform and use it to your benefit.

  • Choices galore

With innumerable video chatting sites and applications available today, it is often overwhelming for those trying it out for the first time. You might not understand which platforms will fulfill your requirements. Therefore, it is essential to know about these video chat mediums properly before plunging into any particular one.

Before deciding on the video chatting platform, it is essential you have a fast internet connection to prevent drops and gaps in conversation. Not only will it spoil the conversation, but also the other person might lose interest in you. Ensure that you have the best possible internet plan that will give you high-speed connectivity.

  • Best way to find an appropriate video chatting portal

The first step towards finding your perfect video chat portal is to do thorough research. Browse through video chatting sites, read user reviews, check security options, and settings, and then shortlist your top choices.

Next, check if the video chatting portal has a global reach to provide a wider choice of people with whom you can interact. Video chatting platforms like Camfrog and Paltalk offer this advantage of connecting with people from around the world. This gives you a more extensive choice and also allows you to meet people with different experiences.

While searching, always look out for products that have interesting public chat rooms for you to join. Having such chat rooms is a great way to connect with people with a common interest. You can share your thoughts on different topics and get insight from others, too.

It’s also worth investigating if the chat platforms have the ability to download and share videos, audio, and pictures. This will make chatting more enjoyable and real.

  • Safeguard yourself

While you explore all the attractive features of video chatting mediums, it is vital to safeguard yourself as there are many fraudsters lurking around. The first thing you will do after deciding on a particular portal is to create your profile. It will give basic information about you so that people can search for you. While making the profile, keep in mind some precautions.

You should never give out any personal details such as phone numbers and addresses in your profile, as they are visible to everyone there. Also, never share any personal details in the first few conversations with a new online friend, as you might not know their intentions. Initially, it is best to speak about general topics of interest, discuss hobbies, likes, and dislikes, and only if you think the person is genuine and can be trusted should you move on to personal conversations.

  • Check for video and audio clarity

One of the main things to review while setting up your video chatting platform is the audio and video quality. On a video chat, it is important to have clear picture and audio. This helps the flow of conversation and in maintaining the other person’s interest. Ensure that if possible, you have a good external HD webcam instead of the low-quality built-in webcams. Also, check out the lighting of the room in which you plan to sit and chat. One sure-fire way of hurting the video quality is to sit with your back to a window or a bright light. Turn your computer in a way that you are side- or front-lit. Also, consider chatting in a location with a visually interesting background. For clear audio, have a proper microphone and ensure that your speakers or headphones are at an appropriate volume.

  • Anonymity of identity

While scouting around for video chats, it is essential to look for platforms that safeguard your identity. Platforms like Camfrog allow their users to be anonymous in case they are not interested in sharing their details. This is a considerable advantage as it assures security and also lets you speak without any inhibitions. It is also a good way to protect you from any fraudulent activities.

  • Video conferencing facility

Having the luxury of doing a one-on-one chat as well as indulging in a video conference if you want is something that you should look out for on a video chatting platform. This will let you be a part of chat rooms with multiple people in it, thereby connecting you with more people at a time, while also allowing for more in-depth discussions and perspectives when you chat with someone directly. You can also use this facility to chat with your family members and friends simultaneously.

No matter who you are, it’s dispiriting to see your social life vaporized by this grave pandemic. However, thanks to the internet, it is still possible to have a bustling social life. Make use of technology to the fullest in this time of crisis to get your mind off this dreaded disease that is spreading like wildfire. Video chat through easy-to-use and safe platforms like Camfrog to make new friends and reconnect with old ones. Share your woes, worries, or simply have a laugh— you surely will not regret it!

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Alternative Video Chat Options for Meeting Strangers

When was the last time you opened your heart to someone without having to think about how they would judge you? Perhaps it happens when talking to a friend who lets you be just you. But in the mad rush that has engulfed our lives in modern times, friends have also become busy with their own lives and are often unable to give much time to us. Physical meetings have become rare, but virtual interaction has increased to fill the gap.

Your devices now keep you connected to the world and your friends. Humans are instinctively social, which is why in the physical absence of friends, they reach out over the phone or social networks. Be it an old acquaintance or a new one, chatting with friends can help us unwind, but work schedules can keep us from socializing with friends. The human need to socialize doesn’t just disappear, though. In such cases, this need can open the door to a world where perfect strangers can listen to us, talk to us, and become friends—the world of social networking.

While regular or voice chats have their own appeal, what really interests people is video chats. Video chats have a certain element of surprise in them. Not only can you hear the person on the other side, but you can also see them and read their expressions. This makes the process of familiarization easier and more exciting. And if communication becomes exciting, it could be the beginning of a most exciting friendship!

Someone intending to commit a fraud is generally not too inclined to show his or her face and hence prefer more messaging or audio chats to video chats. Hence, video chats act as a great form of defense, preventing users from falling prey to cyber fraud. To have an uninterrupted conversation over video chat, you need to figure out the best possible video chat option from the long list of service providers that are now available in the market. Start by identifying the features that are necessary in any video chat option that you choose.

  • Check the security of the chat provider

Opt for popular and recommended platforms. Most video chat options have free and paid features, but it is always better to go for a paid service since it is generally more secure. Remember, recommended and popular options do not come free, but it ensures cybersecurity while offering great quality.

  • Emphasize audio or video quality

Security might come foremost, but the quality of the service should be the next most important factor in your search. Imagine your connection having time-lags or unclear visibility. Do you think it would be a great experience when you are trying to know somebody better? Go for the option that offers smooth, uninterrupted service.

  • Platforms supported

You might have an Android device today but can choose to buy an iOS or Windows device in the future. To ensure that you can continue to make new friends and talk your heart out, make sure the provider works across all platforms. You should not have to give up on a budding friendship just because you want to switch to a new platform. Most popular services run smoothly across all platforms. This gives you one more reason to choose a stable and popular option.

  • Sharing options

In the middle of a conversation, you might just want to share something important with your friend. It could be a photograph, an audio clip, a video, or a document. Your video chat provider should ideally be able to support file sharing. And the most popular services are equipped with this feature. So, before making a choice, check if this is available.

  • Group conferencing

Group conferences are also fun sometimes, particularly when a group of friends tries connecting with each other. While most video chat services offer group conferencing options, the number of connections might be restricted. Check out how many connections can be accommodated by your chat service at one time, to avoid missing the fun!

So, what are the most convenient and useful video chat options to meet new people and make new friends? Here are a few recommendations to compare.

  • Facebook Messenger

Facebook today is among the most popular social networking sites in the world. With over 2.4 million active users at any given point of time, Facebook is not just a fad— it is a multifunctional social network that can connect you to the world. In the world of smartphones, Facebook has become a habit. It is this popularity that attracts more people towards Facebook Messenger, a video chat option where you can log in without logging in to Facebook. Facebook Messenger is believed to have a user base of more than 4 billion users worldwide.

While it may lack some of the jazzy features provided by other chat apps, it is one secure, simple, and stable option appropriate for people across all age groups. The advantage of a Facebook Messenger is its interconnectivity to Facebook, which can validate profiles and give you that much-needed familiarity if a stranger approach you.

Facebook Messenger, like its parent app Facebook, is easily used over all devices, cutting across platforms. It hardly matters whether you use Android, iOS, or Windows. Although logging in can be done separately and separate apps can be installed, Facebook Messenger can also be used from the version embedded within the Facebook site.

Facebook Messenger allows you to set your status, sends auto-replies in case of absence, and ensures superior quality individual and group messaging as well as video calling facilities. Be it connecting with old friends or connecting with new ones, you can do it all on Facebook Messenger. Additionally, it also allows you to share files, videos, photos, audio recordings, as well as live and static locations, not to mention the whole range of emoticons, stickers, and gifs that enhance your experience.

With Facebook improving its features to accommodate business, it has introduced a new and most unique money transfer feature. And if you are still not convinced, the encryption that keeps the app secure from hackers and potential catfishers should be able to do the trick to win you over.

  • Camfrog

For almost 16 years, this PeerStream product has been a hit among millennials and older adults alike.

Camfrog is one of the most secure video chat options, supported by technology, encryption and security protocols similar to the ones that support Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and such popular chat providers. With the younger generation finding it easier to communicate with each other using emojis and stickers more than entire sentences, Camfrog is particularly popular among the millennials who love the unique and appropriate range of stickers and emoticons. Many are free and once you exhaust the free ones, you can also buy more with credits to suit your needs.

Camfrog also has the unique feature of supporting multilingual facilities that can break the barrier for non-English-speaking people, who can also conveniently use the app. A very special feature in the app is its accessibility feature and quality of video streaming that allows deaf people to use it for communication. This sensitivity makes Camfrog even more popular among the deaf community and social advocates and care-givers.

Known widely as an individual or group video chat service, Camfrog is accessible from all platforms and meets most of the criteria that you might be looking for in the best video chat option selected. Camfrog is also supported by an extensive cloud-based user directory which offers logged-in, paid users access thousands of profiles to choose from.

Camfrog also supports file transfer and has recently added a broadcasting option from which users can even earn money. With more and more people choosing Camfrog as an alternate video chat option, it is becoming one of the most sought-after providers.

  • Viber

Another popular alternate video chat options is Viber, a cross-platform application for instant messaging and voice and video calling. Owned and operated by Rakuten, a Japanese multinational company, Viber is available as a freeware for all platforms, be it Android, iOS, Windows, or Linux.

Another app that appeals to the younger generation, Viber has reportedly been downloaded more than 11 million times and has a user base of over 1 billion. It is used extensively across the world and comes only second in usage after WhatsApp and Messenger. What makes it a favorite among users is its encryption and secret chat features, making chats secure.

Signing in to Viber offers you an array of features including file, photo, video, audio and location transfer or sharing apart from the regular video and voice chat services. Viber allows you to make free audio and video calls without having to log in to the app, so that you can enjoy smooth and buffer-free calls with existing Viber users as well as unregistered users. You can create communities and use available stickers, emojis and gifs to make your conversations more interesting and playful.

What makes Viber different from other chat options is that it allows registered users to make calls to any other mobile, landline or non-Viber users as well. This compact app can easily be downloaded and occupies little of your device memory space.

  • WhatsApp

As per some research results acquired in 2019, WhatsApp has an active user base covering 1.5 billion people across more than 180 countries in the world. The convenience of use, quality of calls and video chats, file sharing and security together make it one of the most dependable alternate video chat options for the world, regardless of the age group of users.

WhatsApp is an easy-to-download and easy-to-use application that hardly takes much space as long as it is used to its maximum potential. The app can be installed and used across any device sitting on any platform, be it Android, iOS, Windows, or Blackberry. As long as you have 3G, 4G or a Wi-Fi network, your WhatsApp account is active even if your phone network does not work. You can make video or voice calls to any mobile number in the world.

Its acquisition by Facebook in 2014 has further enhanced the credibility as well as the reach of the app. In fact, most countries in the modern world as well as the developing world use WhatsApp as their official communication medium. This speaks volumes about the security provided by the app. Needless to say, it is one of the most popular services among people wanting to make new friends as well. Customized emojis, gifs, and the recent inclusion of stickers mean WhatsApp is fun and easy for new members.

WhatsApp settings can be customized to allow you to view and respond to messages through pop-ups while you are doing something else on your device. It also allows for push notifications and file transfer options. You can transfer whatever you like including documents, PDFs, audio files, videos, pictures or links to Facebook or Google apps. The location-sharing option of WhatsApp is a great additional feature.

These major players aside, there are also a number of other options that you can choose from depending on your location, budget, device and choice of services and features.

Also owned by Peerstream, Paltalk, is a fast-rising video chat service with enhanced security and privacy features. Started over 20 years ago, Paltalk has grown to embrace 200 million users, with a large percentage in the United States. With more than 5000 group chat rooms and one-on-one messaging services across myriad topics, Paltalk also supports multiple languages.

Then there is IMO, a more old-school yet trusted and dependable video and audio calling service. When Georges Harik created this app almost at the end of the last decade, it was a Google supported-app that connected Google to the world. Since Google occupied a large part of our lives around the end of the last decade with not much competition, IMO also got a ready user-base, happy to get an audio or video calling option that could make communication easier.

These are a list of alternative video chat options that are available in the market. Take your pick from among these to ensure you can meet more strangers and make new friends without having to worry about security or streaming issues. So, end your wait and pick the chat option of your choice to make new friends online.