Millennials and Gen Zs are getting really innovative when it comes to how they communicate while self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak, and video group chat apps like Houseparty definitely help. Houseparty takes regular video calls (which can get tedious night after night) and turns them into an opportunity to do small activities with your friends when you can't meet up with them in person. If it's been a while since you and your best friends have all hung out, you can join in on the fun too with some Houseparty app hacks.
While the app's been out since 2016, 2 million people downloaded it in the week of March 15 alone after social distancing practices set in. Houseparty essentially allows you to video chat, play games, and take fun quizzes with friends who can't all be in the same room together. The games include Heads Up! (where friends have to help you guess which randomized noun you're given), Pictionary, and trivia quizzes like Finish the Song Lyric and General Knowledge.And considering that scientists and researchers are unsure of how long social distancing might have to last, it's good to have options that let you do more than just talk with friends through a screen.