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Virtual Houseparty App Lets You Still Have Fun With Your Mates

by : Lucy Connolly on : 22 Mar 2020 15:11
Virtual Houseparty App Lets You Still Have Fun With Your MatesVirtual Houseparty App Lets You Still Have Fun With Your MatesHouseparty App/Pexels

With several countries on lockdown and many more urged to practice social distancing in a bid to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people are looking for ways to stay connected with their loved ones.

Guidelines laid out by public health experts urge us to avoid all social gatherings, with governments around the world closing pubs, restaurants, theatres and many more to slow the spread of COVID-19.

It’s never been more important to follow the advice given to us by the experts and stay inside, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop socialising altogether – with apps such as Houseparty allowing us to stay connected with our mates from the comfort and safety of our own homes.

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The live-streaming app was released in 2016 and has proven a huge success in that time, particularly in the past few weeks as many follow the government’s advice to avoid face-to-face contact with others.

According to Google Trends, searches for ‘Houseparty app’ are the highest they’ve been in the US and the UK; searches in the US have increased by 300% while in the UK the question, ‘what is Houseparty app?’, is a rising trend.

Basically, people are loving it and have taken to social media in recent days to share their experiences with the app, describing it as ‘lots of fun’ and ‘perfect for quarantine’.

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As well as catching up with your loved ones, Houseparty allows users to play quizzes and games – all while chatting to each other with a drink in hand.

According to the latest figures from yesterday morning, March 21, there were 5,018 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK and 233 reported deaths.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by coronavirus and the families of those who have lost their lives.

It’s okay to not panic. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our coronavirus campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization on coronavirus, click here.

Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Health, Apps, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Houseparty, Life, Quarantine, Self-Isolation, Social Media