Virtual happy hour: A few ground rules
Virtual happy hours are “taking the nation by storm,” and I’m thrilled, said Connie Ogle in the Miami Herald. After all, “self-isolating is hard and drinking is fun.” But to avoid a disappointing get-together, a few guidelines ought to be faithfully observed.
Limit the numbers. Four people is great, 10 too many. And use your own time to check in on annoying friends or relatives. A virtual cocktail party is no place for a guilt invite.
Pre-check the tech. Help any participant beforehand who’s likely to struggle with setting up or using Zoom or your chat app of choice.
No distractions: Everybody needs to have a drink and can’t wander. And though kids can make cameos, “this is about the grown-ups,” not your grade-schooler’s dance recital.
Set a time limit. Some parties could last forever. With others, “you are going to need an excuse to escape.”