How to stay connected with friends


Staying connected with friends can sometimes feel like a challenge. But with the benefits of digital technology, there are more ways than ever to nurture and maintain those valuable friendships. 

I’m sure you know by now that I love a good girls night with my friends. 

But it can be hard for all of us to have the time to catch up. Between, work, family members, exercising and eating right, these things often take the back burner.

Why is it important to stay connected with friends?

Staying connected with friends is crucial for your overall health and happiness.

Your friends provide support, companionship, and a sense of belonging that is essential for maintaining both emotional and mental health.

By nurturing your friendships, you create a strong support network that you can rely on during both good times and challenging moments.

Plus, it helps you feel valued, understood, and less alone in the world. Whether you’re sharing laughter, seeking advice, or simply enjoying each other’s company, your friendships enrich your life in countless ways.

The humble phone

Using a smartphone has never been easier or more convenient to stay connected with friends.

With the touch of a button, you can send quick text messages, make a phone call, or even start a video chat to catch up with your friends, no matter where they are in the world.

In today’s digital age, your phone is a powerful tool for staying connected with friends, ensuring that distance and busy schedules never stand in the way of maintaining meaningful relationships.

Private Facebook Group

A private Facebook group is a great way to cater to a larger group of friends or family.

You can also use the group to share photos and easily create events with group members.

It’s the easiest of the social media sites for all ages to navigate.

Sharing memes and funny videos in a private Facebook group means you will receive fewer notifications, compared to being tagged multiple times.

8 ways to stay connected to your friends

Snapchat

Depending on your age, a Snapchat group chat might be a fun way to keep in touch with your friends.

While it can get a little confusing sometimes when there is more than one conversation going on, it can be a creative outlet too.

Even older adults can have fun with a Snapchat filter.

When I’m feeling motivated, I like to send my friends a special video message. 

Zoom or Google Meet

Hosting a Zoom or Google Hangouts is one of the most effective ways to include long distance friendships that span different time zones. These platforms offer a virtual space where friends can gather, catch up, and engage in various activities together, regardless of physical distance.

Some ways to make your video call more fun:

  • virtual happy hours
  • virtual game night
  • remote book club
  • cooking party

Watch Party

Now you and your friends can watch something simultaneously and talk or chat about it at the same time. You can use a service like Watch Party, but most streaming services like Netflix, Prime Video and even Facebook have their own built-in features for watching content together with friends in real time through live streaming.

Playdate

It’s truly heartwarming to see my daughter interacting and playing with my friend’s kids during our playdates.

There’s something special about watching them bond and create memories together.

Playdates at parks hold a special charm; there’s no pressure to have a spotless house, allowing everyone to relax and enjoy the outdoors without worrying about tidying up. And you can often make new friends. 

After all, it’s the company and shared experiences that matter most, not the state of your home.

Girls night

A girl’s night provides an opportunity to unwind, bond, and create lasting memories with your closest friends. 

And it’s no secret that a girl’s night changed my life and became a bit part of this blog.

So you know how much I love catching up with my friends free from the responsibilities of kids and partners

So, when planning your next girls’ night, consider adding some of these creative ideas to the mix:

  • card games like Cards Against Humanity, Bad People and Uno
  • board games like Monopoly, Scrabble and Pictionary
  • icebreaker games like Never Have I Ever, Two Truths and a Lie, and Truth or Dare

From spontaneous dance parties to heartfelt discussions, a girls’ night is for creating deeper connections with our true friends.

staying in touch with friends in 2020

Other Apps

Countless other apps are available to help you stay connected with friends and family, offering a variety of features to suit your lines of communication.

Within the Facebook ecosystem alone, you’ll find several options, including Facebook Messenger for instant messaging, Facebook Rooms for virtual hangouts, and Facebook Groups for niche communities.

These social networks provide an easy way to connect with close friends and members of your social group, facilitating conversations and sharing experiences effortlessly.

Additionally, Facebook offers audio and video call features, providing convenient ways to connect in real time, especially during hard times when face-to-face interactions may not be possible.

Beyond Facebook, popular apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Skype also offer different forms of communication, allowing you to stay in touch with loved ones and provide support when needed.

So if your group of friends is anything like mine and hasn’t caught up in person in way too long, rest assured that there are plenty of ways to stay connected with friends.

With such a wide array of options at your fingertips, from social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to messaging apps like WhatsApp and Skype, you’re sure to find the best way to keep your social connections strong and thriving.

So, whether it’s scheduling regular video calls, organizing virtual hangouts, or simply sending a quick text to check in, make it a priority to nurture those friendships and keep the bond alive, no matter the distance.

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