As life during a pandemic continues (or, as I like to call it, “plague times”) we’ve all had to make adjustments. Everything has had to stop, or–more and more frequently–switch to virtual. Socializing is no exception. I’ve found myself relying on online communication to stay in touch with old friends as well as meeting new ones. One example: A few members from the anime club I was in during my early college days have revived the old “Tuesday Night Anime” viewings, only now instead of using a projector like we did 19 years ago, we’re using an app to watch a show as it plays on the “host” member’s computer. It even has a chat alongside so we can “talk” during the show! However, after a while, words on a screen just doesn’t seem like enough. And that’s where video has become a key component of my socializing and mental health. Whether group video chats or one-on-one, just seeing someone’s (slightly pixelated) face while also hearing their (slightly tinny) voice makes a world of difference! So, I recently met a friend of mine for tea. Because, as it turns out, the only thing better than merely talking with a friend online is having online tea with a friend!