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Old 03-30-2020, 05:52 AM
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Do you think video-chatting helps with isolation, feeling lonely, boredom?

I donít think it does. I do it with my family, friends and for work because thatís what weíre all doing now. However, I donít find it to be helpful in making me feel more connected during this period of social distancing.

If I lived alone I would be struggling. I really like face to face contact. I also like texting but thatís another story.


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Old 03-30-2020, 06:04 AM
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It helps me, to an extent. Weíve been doing family game night via zoom at least every week with the whole family (my 2 siblings and their families, and my parents) and then sometimes in smaller groups too. I also FaceTime my mom daily. The game nights give us something to look forward too and they really are fun. Of course it doesnít replace face to face contact, or being able to hug each other, but Iíll take what we can get
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:18 AM
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With all our grandchildren. So fun to see them excited to show us what they are doing.
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:24 AM
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I got together with 2 of my closest friends on Saturday night, virtually of course, and we talked for over 2 hours. It was awesome! I loved being able to "hang" with them!
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:26 AM
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I think it helps, but for me personally, talking on the phone is equally good and therefore, good enough for me.


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Old 03-30-2020, 07:21 AM
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My kids are almost 7 and 4 and we have spent their entire lives overseas from our home country (and all our family). We Facetime all the time and it builds great relationships with family. I also love it for me. I talk to my mom after the kids go to bed at least weekly and also talk to my inlaws regularly. Yesterday I did a Zoom with my 2 cousins for 2.5 hours!
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:14 AM
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Yes, I think it helps. Being able to see the person Iím talking to makes me feel more connected. Of course itís not as good as being actually together but these days Iím appreciative of the technology.
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:44 AM
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I live alone and havenít seen anybody face to face for almost three weeks now...

FaceTime is a God send right now! One of my amazing friends and her 2 year old have FaceTimed with me daily and it of course doesnít make everything ok but definitely helps!
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:49 AM
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Do you think video-chatting helps with isolation, feeling lonely, boredom?
Yes, I think it does! I was climbing the walls with frustration the first week despite regular texting of friends, but once we started doing Zoom and Facetime, it made a huge difference.
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Old 03-30-2020, 09:00 AM
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Yes, I think it does help. We are doing weekly staff meetings through Teams, I am Zooming with my siblings and their spouses, and I have video chats with my DS who lives 3 states away. BTW - he never, ever would have done a video chat with us a month ago. Its nice to see people's faces and to see their expressions while we visit, its as close to face to face as we can get.



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Old 03-30-2020, 10:08 AM
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I just had my first Zoom with my teacher coffee group and it was great fun. I heard the local news and a few tips about how to navigate our current situation. We laughed and supported each other in our worries and fears. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the connection even though it was only screen time.

My book club is meeting through WebEx tonight and I'm really looking forward to that.

So far I don't feel too separated from friends and family. That may change as time goes by but I'm determined to make the most of this situation.
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Itís helpful for me.
Old 03-30-2020, 10:45 AM
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I just finished a zoom meeting with my class. It was so good to see all of them and to hear their voices.
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Old 03-30-2020, 11:10 AM
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We are planning a Zoom meeting for our Bible study this week. Do you get to see the people? If so, Iíll have to get out of my pjs early.
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Old 03-30-2020, 12:30 PM
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We are planning a Zoom meeting for our Bible study this week. Do you get to see the people?
You can mute video and/or mic when you're on Zoom. It's nicer when you can see one another (otherwise it's just a glorified phone call). However, if you have low bandwidth, the video can take up a lot of it. The more people with video on a call, the more bandwidth that is used and the more unstable it may become. Or so I'm told by the tech guys
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Old 03-30-2020, 12:54 PM
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Yes, I FaceTime with my grandkids and feel it helps me tremendously. Sometimes I help with homework or let them read aloud to me. I haven't tried using Zoom yet.
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Old 03-30-2020, 01:56 PM
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to FT with my old college buddies. We graduated in 1981 from college and have had lunch a couple times in the past couple years. It should be fun!
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Old 03-31-2020, 05:06 AM
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to Marco Polo. I love it! We have been posting mostly things that make us laugh. My sister and I and our families live on opposite coasts.

It has been good for my immediate family to reconnect with my nieces who are so far away. Also, teens and young adults who are not into being super connected with us use it since there's no time commitment.
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