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This is the internet's "One Shining Moment"

Tanner Cook • Mar 31, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Social distancing has become a new vocabulary term for many of us as we remain cooped up in our homes and are not able to see our friends in person.

However, the internet has become our lifeline during this time, and there are more than enough ways to stay in contact with people without the fear of spreading the novel coronavirus.

On social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., there are lists of questions that ask for maybe one- or two-word answers that give more details about someone’s life.

From asking if someone has ever gotten in a car accident to the best cheesecake you’ve ever eaten, the questions are abundant and endless. It’s just a way to pass the time and is a distraction from the outside world that we’re facing together.

Twitter has a similar thing with polls on which Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime, etc., series to binge watch next. Some are even taking it to the next level, doing a March Madness bracket deal since the NCAA Tournament was canceled in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Personally, I love rewatching older television series like “The Andy Griffith Show” or the “Twilight Zone.” It’s a reminder of simpler times and definitely gives me a distraction for at least 22 minutes out of the day.

Other popular things on social media platforms include reliving the best/worst sports moments that you’ve experience/attended or going back in time to change certain moments in history.

Those have always been popular, but they have seemed to pick up lately.

In regard to interacting with others on a real-time basis, the increasing popular option is Zoom.

Best for video conferences, Zoom is purely based through the Internet. All that is needed is your email address and a good WiFi connection. Once registered on www.zoom.us, you can send the link via email and others can join the chat.

It looks like either the opening credits to the “Brady Bunch” or an overcrowded “Hollywood Squares” episode, but it works well for the predicaments that we’re faced with today.

Zoom is also one of the few stocks that has been skyrocketing over the last few weeks, having gone from just over $67 per share at the end of 2019 to an eye-popping $162 per share when checked on Monday.

FaceTiming is also popular if you have an Apple device, and Skype has long been one of the more used video chat outlets.

Let’s say you want to watch a movie with a group of friends, but of course, public places to do so like the movie theater are closed. Well, Netflix Party is the answer to your problems.

The Google Chrome extension allows you to host watch parties for movies or TV shows with your friends from all around the world while staying within social distancing guidelines.

Just go to www.netflixparty.com, set up an account and then send the link to your friends and you’ll be watching in no time.

One of the best features is being able to make comments on the movie or show without actually interrupting by speaking. Instead, you just type the comment and the show goes on.

Social distancing does not necessarily mean everyone becomes a hermit, unless you want to be.

I like to watch movies or TV shows with friends and family, and thanks to the internet I don’t have to go weeks or even months without interacting with people that I’m close to.

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