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Recent studies have shown that around a third of the world’s population is currently in some form of lockdown. The recent COVID-19 outbreak has led to millions of people working from home and only going out for essential goods and services. While this is necessary to flatten the curve of the spreading virus, many experts believe that the lengthy lockdown may have a big effect on individual’s mental health and that it can lead to anxiety and depression. Therefore, it so important to stay connected with friends and family during the lockdown period. 

How to stay connected 

To use any of apps, you need data. This can be quite expensive. If you’re looking for specials on data, be sure to look at Makro’s cellular deals. In latest cellular catalogue you can find great deals on data and specials prices on phones. If you wanna compare prices with other shops, check website latestspecials.co.za. This platform has all the latest catalogues for you to find data at lower costs to ensure you stay connected every day. 


Houseparty is a newer social networking service. This free app allows groups of people to connect via video chatting through mobile and desktop devices. But how does it work? Users will receive a notification when friends or family members are available to video chat. Users can then log on too and start chatting. With Houseparty, you can change the name of your chat to suit your group, and also play a range of games. It is a great way to pass the time while staying connected to your loved ones. Stats show that, on average, users spend approximately 51 minutes a day on the app.

Netflix Party

If you have a Netflix account this is great app to do something really fun with your close friends or family. Netflix Party is an app which allows users to simultaneously stream films, series and documentaries together. In other words, it’s as if you were having a movie night at your home. It also lets you live chat with your fellow movie watchers about what’s going. So, you can comment on scenes, ask questions and share your thoughts. Netflix party is completely free and works on most desktops. This is just another way to be social together while staying safe in your own home. 


Twitter is a social media platform founded in 2006. It was first designed as a microblogging platform where users could ‘tweet’ their opinion and news-related info in just a few characters. Today, Twitter is used for so much more and it is specifically effective during the lockdown period to connect with new and old friends. It allows you to post your thoughts, videos and images on your profile and everyone who follows you will be able to see it. Twitter is great for connecting with new like-minded friends. 


Zoom is a video communications web and mobile application. Zoom was founded in 2011 to bring businesses’ and organisations’ teams together. However, it has quickly developed into an app that is used for so much more. During the lockdown period, the rate of download for this app has skyrocketed. People are now using it to stay connected to friends and family around the world. It is easy to use and can be downloaded on almost any modern internet-connected device. All that is needed is a unique profile for the user and then the user can send a link to friends or family members who will also need to have a unique profile. Once, the receiver clicks on the link, they can connect via video call, much like Skype. 


TikTok is probably the newest app on the list. This fun app allows you to post short videos to a network of followers. It is focused on users between the ages of 13 and 30, but recently, older users have joined in the fun too. It is a great way to share pieces of your life during lockdown with other people and also see what they are getting up to. But be cautious: TikTok is addictive and you may find yourself spending hours on end on this brand-new platform. 

The lockdown period may have a serious effect on people’s mental health. This is why experts advise to stay busy and connected in safe ways, as much as possible. If you find that you’re feeling lonely and miss the days of going out, try one of the apps on the list and connect with your favourite people – time will fly! 

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