A Connection for the Absent

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🦃Thanksgiving is a warm tradition on a cold day, where family and friends gather together to express thanks, have deep conversations, and gorge on a prepared, classic feast. This holiday is valued enough by most Americans to plan on traveling long distances to the party, with the main goal of spending time with people they care about, usually family. But when traveling expenses and work schedules interrupt this opportunity, very little options are available.

With certain electronics, the best options are video calls using Skype or FaceTime. These apps help users connect between 2 different devices with a camera lens. It’s almost like a phone call, except instead of just hearing voices users can also see each other, providing more freedom to express to each other through live video. FaceTime can only be used between Apple electronics such as iPads, iPhones, and Macs. Skype on the other hand, can be used on any device that has a webcam connected to it. This technology isn’t perfect yet: there’s still some lag problems, and sometimes the sound goes out, but these apps are helpful tools to connecting people. Instead of just voice-to-voice you can now talk face-to-face to someone across the country and even the world. It’s my favorite part of Thanksgiving because it gives my family the chance to talk to distant relatives without worrying about long-distance fees.

And of course, please consider time zone differences while calling. 🦃

^DB

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