Stuck inside? How to still have fun with your mates!
Being stuck inside for a bit might bring some benefits. Saving money and reading some of the books you've bought over the years are all positive affairs to keep you occupied. The problem is that such noble pursuits aren't particularly healthy for your social life. Isolation isn't great for spending quality time with your mates. Or maybe it is, but just in a different kind of way. Here are three group activities that should help you to get through the next few weeks of being stuck indoors.
House Party has been around since 2016 (way before social distancing was a thing!), but now the app is really going to become an essential app. It's not just for introverts anymore. House Party is a virtual house party, marketed as 'face to face social media'.
House Party gives you the ability to dial in and play one of five games with your friends. The integrated games include trivia, quick draw (think Pictionary), Chips and Guac (word association), and a version of charades called Heads Up! In short, House Party is a video call meets games night app. Download it and judge for yourself. If it's not for you: get on Sykpe or Whatsapp Video and have a DIY old-school quiz like your dad and his mates did in the '90s.
Netflix is probably an item of primary importance in your isolation tool kit. For some (not you of course) it might be the only thing in there! Either way, it's time to take Netflix to the next level. Netflix 2.0: with Netflix Party.
Netflix Party is a new way to watch everyone's most popular streaming service with your friends online. We must point out that there are other streaming services available (that apparently some people do watch!)
Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favourite Netflix shows. So now it's not only your family who can talk non-stop through a programme, your mates can ruin TV for you too!
Currently, Netflix Party is only available on Chrome browsers on desktop or laptop computers.
Another app which is now going to be in demand in 2020 is “PSYCH!”. From the creators of "Heads Up!” (another app that loves an exclamation mark!) "PSYCH!" is a multiplayer online party game. It's like having a casino on your phone!
The app lets you choose from a variety of fun categories in which each player makes up fake answers to real trivia questions. The real answer may be crazier than the lie, but can you spot the deceit? The BBC's 'Would I Lie To You' springs to mind here.
You score points by guessing the right answer and duping your mates into believing your web of lies. That's how you win PSYCH!
We will keep you updated on more apps, websites and books over the coming months to keep you entertained. Make the best of this time as you'll be back studying before you know it.