It is human nature to wonder how other people are doing. Even when we have freedom of movement, we like to people watch, and stay in touch with how people occupy their time. Now that we are in lockdown, there is a heightened sense of curiosity as to how are people spending their time at home.
For some people, this is all about FOMO. There is a fear of missing out and a worry that other people are doing cooler things or having more fun than you. For others, there is a need to know you are having a better time than other people. However, whatever activities you enjoy, there is a good chance there will be a crossover with other people.
It makes sense that social activities which people can enjoy at the same time are hugely popular right now. Even if we cannot be together in person, there is something beautiful about engaging in the same activity at the same time.
Music fans can get together and discuss great albums
For music fans, the Tim Burgess Twitter Listening Parties are a fantastic example of how people socialise with others, while social distancing. The premise is based around listening to a selected album at the same time, sharing thoughts and memories. With artists or people associated with the band or album sharing their time and insight, it is a great way to spend an hour.
Sports fans have also engaged in similar activities. Clubs and football associations know the importance of social media. Some of the most popular events in recent weeks have seen fans watching an old game together, cheering the goals or significant moments as if they were happening in real-time.
Even though people are at home, there is a chance to be socially active with other people. Knowing that you are doing the same activity as other people is a great feeling right now. This is why there has been a rush to offer online activities, and some have been more impressive at bringing people together than others.
PE Classes keep the nation active
When it comes to viewing figures, it is hard to argue with the popularity of Joe Wickes and his PE Classes. The Body Coach has beguiled a nation with his morning classes. These are aimed at kids, but the whole family can enjoy a thorough workout. In the first week of these classes, there were 5.5 million views.
For those who love to sign, the Great British Home Chorus has been popular. Gareth Malone is a well-known person from TV, and in the first week of his online choir practice, there were 288,000 streams.
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