Good Programs to Use to Socialize


With the social distancing guidelines prohibiting people from meeting in person for social activities, work, or school, people have relied more on technology to communicate more than ever. There are several apps and programs that have proven themselves useful in maintaining social interaction amidst the pandemic. In my opinion, here are some of the best ones:


       1. Zoom:

 Zoom is available both on mobile and on Windows or Mac. Zoom is generally reliable for video calls and has some useful other features, such as the host’s ability to record the meeting. It is also useful for school lectures or important meetings. As a host, you can invite people with ease, and it’s great for large groups. You can also change your background to make things interesting! 


       2. Discord: 

Discord is available on mobile, Windows, Mac, Linux, and the web. Once you get used to the layout of servers, it is easy and fun to make one with your friends to talk. You can join a voice chat together, video chats, or hold conversations in multiple chats. This is a common platform to use while gaming, so if you want to play a game with your friends, this is a good app to use! 


       3. Houseparty:

Houseparty is available on mobile and the web. This is especially great if you’re looking for activities to do with your friends while you are on the call — you can play games (particularly Heads Up), chat, and invite others to join easily. It’s a great way to keep the call fun and interactive!


        4. Skype: 

Skype is available both on mobile and on Windows or Mac. Skype is great for big groups, particularly on mobile, as you can go up to four hours per call and have 100 hours for each month, free. The video and audio is typically good at keeping lined up. 


        5. WhatsApp Messenger: 

WhatsApp is available on mobile, Windows, or Mac, and on the web. The app is known for privacy and using it for video calls is great if you want to be secure, you just need to be okay with a limit of four people per call. 


Quarantine may have put in-person socialization on hold, but with the digital age, we can find a way to connect through our screens.