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Technology’s had us ‘social distancing’ for years. Can our digital ‘lifeline’ get us through the coronavirus pandemic?

Seattle Times logoJay Weisberger and his group decided to host their own private, virtual trivia night using Kahoot! and Zoom.

There’s never been a better time to have to stay at home.

Never mind the bingeable content trove at our fingertips or the ability to have groceries and a new book delivered to our doorsteps in five clicks or less. In some ways, we’ve been social distancing for years as more aspects of our social lives go digital. Looking for a date? There’s an app for that. Curious about the latest neighborhood gossip? Check the Facebook group. Missing your bestie you haven’t seen in a while? Hop on a quick FaceTime call before dinner. Or better yet, just text them.

When the coronavirus put their pub trivia meetups on hold, Jay Weisberger and his friends got to thinking. The public relations professional uses Kahoot!, a learning-game app, in work meetings, so his group decided to host their own private, virtual trivia night using Kahoot! and Zoom. After creating his own Seattle-centric quiz, Weisberger sent out a Saturday-night invite to the usual crew to see if they were free. The response was pretty unanimous, he said. “People were like, um, we’re always free.””

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