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How to Check In With Someone: A Guide for Gen-Z

A casual guide to check in on friends (Gen Z edition)

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In a world where a 'like' or emoji reaction has become the norm for interaction, taking the time to  check in on someone can make a huge difference. 

Here’s an easy guide for Gen’zers to check in on friends:

Slide into the DMs
Forget formalities. Don’t overthink it. If you sense a friend might be going through a rough patch, send them a quick “hey, just wanted to check in to see how you’re doing?” and see how they respond.

Not a TED talk
It’s all about active listening. This isn’t the time to talk about the uplifting video that came up on your FYP. Most of the time, all someone needs is a friendly and attentive ear. Give them a safe space and let them know you’re there for them, no judgments. 

Meme Therapy
If sending a check in message is too serious, humor is a great icebreaker. The cute cat video you came across on Reddit can lighten the mood and show them that you’re thinking of them. 

Link up
Texting is great but meeting up face-to-face (even virtually) can be even better. Catch up over a cup of coffee or pastry and really see how they’re doing. 

Respect Their space
Sometimes, people aren’t ready to talk, and that’s okay. If your friend isn’t up for a chat or doesn’t one up the meme you sent, don’t take it personally. Give them the space, let them know you’re here when they’re ready, and make sure you follow up when it’s appropriate. 

Checking in on someone isn’t a one and done deal. Even with Moodwave – an app that makes it easy to check in on friends – letting your friends know you genuinely care takes time, effort, and more importantly, consistency.

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