"Then came COVID-19. In the face of crisis, social media usage has surged once more. A study of 25,000 consumers across 30 markets showed engagement increasing 61% over normal usage rates. Messaging across Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp has increased 50% in countries hardest hit by the virus. Twitter is seeing 23% more daily users than a year ago. When it matters most, people (even #DeleteFacebook diehards) are turning to social media for updates and connection."Against this back-story of frenzied social media activity in the wake of COVID-19, is there a way to get back to the roots and connect with other people in our lives in creative ways? Perhaps it's time to practice some 'social media distancing' and get to the heart of one-to-one communication. I'm not talking about phone calls and text messages. This is not even about emails. What we're referring to are "friendship lamps."
"Perfect gift for long-distance grandparents. Old people accessible for sure!" "These are so nice to have right now--a great way to communicate with my family" "This is a great way to connect our family across continents. With siblings all over the world, it's tough finding ways to feel connected in a special, meaningful way. I got my sister in Australia one while I have one here in the States. Now, I cannot wait to see my lamp light up and know my sister is thinking of me! So brilliantly original! Thank you!" "My mother loves getting different colors from different grandchildren! A great way to send love regularly-especially if shut inside the house!" "I use these to connect with my little sisters that live across the country from me. So fun and special."The reviews say far more than we ever can. Using a pair or set of friendship lamps, you can create a network of close people - friends, relatives, long-distance spouses, etc. - with whom you can stay in constant touch. Literally.