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The importance of human connection has never been more evident. Like you, we miss our friends and family, and we look forward to the day when we can all be in the same room again. To help you find ways to stay connected while staying apart, we’ve compiled a short list of micro social networks and online communities for you to check out based on a few common interests.

Fitness + Accountability

If you’re into exercising (and really, shouldn’t we all be?), there are lots of great social networks and online communities for you. If you love to run, we recommend Map My Run. Log your runs, participate in challenges, and cheer on your friends! If you enjoy all types of workouts, Fitocracy is a great resource. With Fitocracy, you can track your workouts, build a support system, challenge your friends, and work with expert coaches. For more, simply Google™ “online fitness communities” and browse through the many options designed to help you achieve your fitness goals.

Beer + Wine Enthusiasts

When it’s time to unwind with your favorite beverage after doing all that exercising, there are several social networks and online communities out there. If it’s beer you love, UNTAPPD allows you to discover, check in, and tell others what you think of the latest beer you’ve tried. For those who prefer wine, check out Vivino, the world’s largest wine community. Vivino allows you to discover new wine, learn about pairings, rate your favorites, and read reviews by other members of the community. An added bonus? Being a member of Vivino may save you money on future wine purchases.

Home + Family

If you’re looking to connect with other parents or people who share your interests, Facebook Groups is a great place to begin. A quick search under Groups will allow you to find just about any type of group you’re looking for, both local and around the world. From general family and parenting groups, to more specific groups related to raising toddlers or teens, or interests like gardening, photography, sports, food, and pets, there are literally thousands of options. And, if you can’t find the type of group you’re looking for, you can always create your own!

Socializing + Virtual Hangouts

If it’s a virtual happy hour with your girlfriends or family game night you’re looking for, or even to celebrate someone’s birthday social distancing style, there are many options available including Houseparty, Google Hangouts, and Zoom. All three offer free accounts and lots of ways to make your virtual hangouts fun.

We hope you were able to take away some new ideas for ways to stay connected while staying apart. We know this is just the tip of the iceberg as there are thousands of options out there for just about every interest you can think of. Visit us on one of our social channels and share your favorites so we can check them out!

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