Social distancing policies don’t mean that socializing stops. Much of today’s socialization is now done through live streaming technology, allowing individuals to interact and engage safely.
And what is one of the most popular activities, online and in person? Trivia! Trivia is a great opportunity to flex your mental muscles, get a little competitive, and enjoy the company around you. And virtual trivia allows for healthy, safe socialization where the players can have fun and make friends from the safety of their homes.
Transitioning from in-person trivia to gaming on a live streaming platform can sometimes be a little daunting, especially when you’re working with an older population. But, it is one of the best and easiest games to translate into the virtual world! One company that organizes trivia nights created a $2.5 million business through live streaming virtual trivia.
Even if that’s not your goal, there are certain tips and tricks to follow to make virtual trivia the best socially distant online activity you can. Catering to seniors is not necessarily a straightforward task, so here’s how you can bring the fun of virtual programming to them!
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First things first, get your live stream set up. No matter what platform you’re using, there are a few things to be careful of with virtual trivia for older adults.
When making the content, choose an appropriate level of challenge, and make them fun! Also, know your audience. Instead of talking about the most-used hashtag, try asking about music groups from the mid 1900s, political history, or science.
If you’re hosting more than once, create a bank of questions that you can come back to, and note the ones you already used. Picking a theme each week can help you narrow down question options, keep your audience engaged, and make sure your questions are updated.
Also, don’t forget to make your presentation engaging. Add GIFs, fun pictures, and some light music if possible (Jeopardy theme song anyone?)
You have to figure out how you want to run the game: individually, on teams, etc. Teams can be a great way to build camaraderie and socialization. Once that’s determined, make sure your viewers understand the rules, and how they can get points for their team.
A lot of people shouting on live streaming at once can be a lot, so muting the audience and requiring hand raising can be a great option for answering questions.
You can also go around and make sure everyone gets a turn answering a new question. This part really depends on the abilities of your audience, and also the style they prefer.
But, make sure you are catering to your older audience’s needs. Though having a large group playing is great (like these 3,000-strong Isolation Trivia events), a game with more manageable sizes will be more fun and engaging because it keeps it intimate and allows for conversation and friendship creation!
You don’t want seniors to feel overwhelmed, or unable to join in because of the group size, so keep that in mind with organizing your virtual trivia nights.
Prizes are more challenging with online trivia, but whether it’s bragging rights or a virtual high five, make sure to congratulate the winners, as well as support every player too.
Ready to host your own online game night right now? Or want to play with us? televëda plays trivia twice a week to keep our seniors’ minds active through our curated Brain Games class. Check out this link for our upcoming Brain Games class schedule, and make sure to sign up for our two-week free trial, so your or your older loved one can give it a try!
One last note: it’s important to make your trivia night engaging, exciting, and personalized. Keep your energy high, make eye contact with the camera, and use participants’ names if you know them! The point of virtual trivia for seniors is to keep your older audience socializing, and having fun together.
Seniors, having retired but are still active and inquisitive, are increasingly taking a year of their own to knock various travel and experience goals off the bucket list before settling into their retirement in what is called a "golden gap year."