New York Times: The Dreaded Return of the ‘Park Hang’. “‘The whole notion of having to stay away from people again is mind-numbing,’ said Manny Fidel, 29, a video producer who lives in Brooklyn. While he acknowledged the gravity of the current Covid-19 surge in New York City, which has set records for new cases and caused a mad dash for testing, Mr. Fidel also expressed fear that the Omicron variant would reduce social life in New York to its socially distant diminutives: stoop cocktails in puffer coats, long walks with friends to nowhere and a long line of park hangs.”
Today: Pandemic leads to unlikely friendship between toddler and 99-year-old neighbor. “The bright spot of the pandemic for Benjamin Olson, a 2-year-old boy in Minnesota, has been becoming best friends with his next-door neighbor. Her name is Mary O’Neill and she will celebrate her 100th birthday in December.”
New York Times: How to Get More From Your Pandemic Bubble. “Social bubbles have helped us cope with the restrictions of Covid-19. For today’s Well Challenge, look to your pandemic pod to inspire and motivate you toward a healthier and happier life.”
Washington Post: No game days. No bars. The pandemic is forcing some men to realize they need deeper friendships.
Washington Post: No game days. No bars. The pandemic is forcing some men to realize they need deeper friendships.. “For more than a decade, psychologists have written about the ‘friendship crisis’ facing many men. One 2006 analysis published in the American Sociological Review found that while Americans in general have fewer friends outside the family than they used to, young, White, educated men have lost more friends than other groups.”
Caroll Times Herald: A spreading sickness, part I. “… when you’re retired and have halted your lives for months, the allure of normalcy is tempting. There was a bottle of hand sanitizer ready at the front door, and the ladies wore masks when they weren’t eating pie. They tried to keep a safe distance, but Joan’s hands were arthritic and Nina had to help her with the cards. It’s hard to remember who won the $1 pot that day, because so much has happened since. So much is gone. The next day, Nina’s husband collapsed.”
KVAL: ‘Quarantine Buddy’ website seeks to match you up with a friend for the pandemic. “A new website hopes to help people make new friends during the quarantine. It’s called Quarantine Buddy and matches people with virtual friends. The website pairs you with a buddy based on your preferences. You can customize the age, gender, and proximity of your new friend, as well as the hobbies you’d like to share with them.”
PopSugar: These 8 Friend-Finding Apps Will Help You Make New Connections in Real Life. WARNING: Slideshow ahoy. “If you want to make real-life connections with new people but aren’t sure where to start, these eight friendship apps can help. Whether it’s finding people who are passionate about the same hobbies you are or just getting to know your neighbors, these apps let you take that initial first step so that bonding in real life is less stressful. Keep reading to learn more about these great friendship apps, and get ready to expand your social circle with people who just . . . get you.”