With people across the US increasingly self-isolating and staying inside, they’re finding innovative ways to socialize. Netflix Party is a Chrome browser extension that creates a sense of community and lets people watch their favourite movies and shows together even when they’re miles apart.
As people around the world socially distance themselves due to COVID-19, they're seeking ways to interact with others that don't require a physical presence. Looking to fill this need is Instagram’s Co-Watching feature, which lets users browse the platform together via video chat.
Though Gen Z is the most connected cohort, there’s increasing concern that online connections don’t satisfy a deep-seated need for human contact. Video messaging app Squad aims to fill the gap with shared-screen chatting. Could this ease loneliness and isolation in our digital universe?
Children are turning to Messenger Kids to speak to their friends while schools remain closed due to COVID-19. Keeping connected will be important for children in the months to come, but parents will likely expect social media services to address their concerns about online privacy and safety.
The Coronavirus Diaries is a series of dispatches from Slate highlighting first-hand experiences of how life is changing as a result of the outbreak. In a media climate of fake news and pandemic scaremongering, real experiences are a source of truth that most people can, on some level, relate to.