A woman enjoys a virtual happy hour during the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis on April 8, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia – With bars closing across the United States, people have started meeting online via Houseparty — one of several group video apps doing a roaring trade during the pandemic. Just this month downloads of Houseparty, which was highly popular with teens a couple of years ago, have surged tenfold to 210,000 per day, according to Apptopia.
Others such as Zoom, used mainly for remote working, and Google Hangouts, Skype and Rave have also seen upticks. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)