Quarantine got a little easier thanks to this free extension for the Google Chrome browser called Netflix Party. It lets you start, stop and pause a Netflix movie or show so you can watch it at the same time as a group of friends and family, without the hard work of trying to synchronize everyone. (“Three, two, one … Play!”) There’s also a side chat bar where you and your friends can discuss what’s going on in the movie — much like you would if you were sitting together on the couch.
The sudden and severe lack of socializing as a result of trying to stem the spread of the new coronavirus puts a particular strain on children who have been removed from school, and on people who live alone. (Here’s everything you need to know about staying healthy, educated and sane during the COVID-19 pandemic.)