Connecting with family has never been easier, thanks to the wonderful rise of communications technology. Now, even if you live far from your loved ones, you need only pick up the phone and you can see their faces in an instant. Today we’re looking at some of the best technological advancements for keeping up with family.
Keeping Up with Family
Apple’s FaceTime video chat service is the poster boy of interconnected technology. If you and the person you’re trying to call both have Apple devices, all you need is to hit “FaceTime,” and you’ll be chatting “face to face” in no time. The crisp audio and video quality make you feel like you’re actually there with your loved ones, making distance melt away in an instant.
If you don’t have Apple products, however, you don’t need to worry. You can use Skype to video chat to any mobile device or computer! As long as both parties have the Skype app installed, they can send and receive video calls from anywhere in the world.
You can have Skype on your smartphone, computer or tablet. It can also be used for normal audio calls, for text messaging and for sharing files. If you live far from family and want to see them when you call, Skype is a great way to do so.
Facebook, like Skype, has options for video chatting and text messaging. You can use Facebook to look at pictures of family and keep up with updates on vacations, school and more. For grandparents that want to stay in contact, Facebook can be a great way to feel like you’re part of the action even if you don’t live close to your family.
Also, if you and the person you’re calling both have Facebook Messenger, you can use it to video chat! That way you can see the person you’re talking to and feel that much closer.