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The hardest thing for many under quarantine is the lack of human contact. The Human Minute kind of fixes that.

The premise is basic: you log in and stare at an another anonymous person online while they stare back at you. You basically make eye contact without saying a word and just relax into the experience. It’s really, really nice.

From the site:

We are developing multiple experiences at Human Online. Currently you can experience the Human Minute. You both commit to share one minute together, looking at each other over a silent video connection. You can be you. The other can be themself. We have built this space to encourage an authentic way of being with each other:

I tried it an it was great. I was paired with another greying 40-something dude and we looked at each other for 60 seconds. Nothing more. It was nice seeing a friendly face on the other end of the screen without the baggage of conference calls and the hyper sexualization of tools like Omegle. In short, it was a nice moment with another human.

Stay safe and sane, friends. Now all we need is virtual hugs and we’ll be golden.


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By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.