Intro to Video Chatting

August 25, 2023

Technology has transformed how we communicate with others, allowing us to remain connected through a global pandemic and beyond. One of the most valuable tools refined in these digital times is video chatting. Video chatting allows us to see and hear our colleagues and loved ones in real-time, bridging the distance gap between users and enabling meaningful interactions. From older adults who may face challenges in mobility or live far away from family to remote workers collaborating on a project, video chatting provides an accessible and enjoyable means of staying in touch.

Benefits of Video Chatting

Enhanced Family Connections: Video chatting lets us connect with family near and far. It combats feelings of isolation and loneliness, fostering social interactions crucial for mental and emotional well-being. This technology keeps us in touch with loved ones no matter where we are and can be used by all generations. It’s a great way to maintain strong family bonds and allows for sharing life's special moments. And don’t forget about maintaining those healthy boundaries: you can be close without being too close!

Access to Virtual Events and Activities: Virtual events, workshops, and classes via video chats have exploded over the last few years, allowing us to expand our horizons and pursue specialized interests without leaving our homes. Becoming self-taught is easier than ever and often costs less than formal in-person training or college courses. The opportunities for learning are transforming how Gen Z is pursuing education and job experience.

Expanded Healthcare: Telehealth has revolutionized healthcare, breaking geographical barriers and enabling patients to receive medical consultations and advice remotely in our rural area. Virtual appointments reduce travel time and waiting periods, fostering more efficient and flexible healthcare delivery. Remote healthcare has proven to reduce costs and minimizes infection risks, making it particularly valuable during pandemics or flu season.  

A Global Workplace and Market: Not only can employees work with others for their company from almost anywhere on the planet, but consulting businesses have expanded their customer base worldwide. Chances are, if you are seeking a niche service, you’ll be able to find them online and set up a video chat meeting to discuss your needs. Wanna know what is on Fido’s mind? Even animal communicators are holding sessions online!

Getting Started

A smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone is essential for video chatting. If you’ve been invited to a video chat, you’ll want to install the application listed on the invitation. Depending on your device, you may already have Facetime (Apple) or Google Meet (Android) installed. Other popular video chat apps are free and include Zoom, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Skype. Make sure you take enough time before the call is scheduled to install the app and set up an account.

Pro Tip: Explore the app's features by making and receiving test calls, adjusting volume, and using additional functions like chat and screen sharing. Choose a well-lit, quiet area for video chats, and ensure the camera is turned on, pointed at you, and positioned at eye level for a more personal connection.

Finally, make sure you have a stable internet connection to avoid disruptions during video calls. A broadband connection like that offered by Elevate is preferable for the best experience!

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