College students create ‘Quarantine Buddy’ website to help those feeling isolated

Two Cornell college students have created a website to help those who may be feeling the effects of being cut off from their friends and family.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2020, 2:30 AM

Updated 1,456 days ago

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Loneliness is becoming a bit more common during the COVID-19 quarantine.
But two Cornell college students have created a website to help those who may be feeling the effects of being cut off from their friends and family. The website is called Quarantine Buddy and students Sam Brickman and Jordyn Goldzweig say that they created it to help people connect and possibly make a new friend.
“So that people have outlets and just have people to talk to about their experiences so they don’t feel as lonely and isolated as they are going through this difficult time,” says Goldzweig, who is from Marlboro.
Brickman, a junior at Cornell, says that he signed up and found a friend on another continent.
“I got connected with somebody from Kenya who is 43 and I had a wonderful conversation with,” he says.
Once users log on to Quarantine Buddy, they will be asked a series of questions to be matched to somebody. The questions include age or gender preference, and what specific types of things they are looking for – a workout buddy? Drinking buddy? Someone to play video games with? Or just someone to talk to.
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Users are matched each week with a new buddy.
“From there they can schedule a time to meet western on Zoom or FaceTime, anything like that,” Goldzweig says.
Since going live on April 1, the site has 6,000 users in 43 countries. The app was recognized by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo who sends out an email each night and in one he promoted Quarantine Buddy. Users range in age from 18 to 93 years old.
The creators say that the goal is to achieve some form of human connection while everyone is stuck at home. They say that they put the site together while looking for a way to keep busy during their own isolation. They say that in typical college fashion, they had it up and running after pulling two all-nighters.


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