If I’m being honest, I don’t actually remember what we discussed in class this week. However, I wanted to stray away from that for this post and discuss how social media is being influenced by the coronavirus. It’s safe to say that no one can go on any social media platform without being bombarded with news reports, memes, or unsolicited “advice” on COVID-19. Now, I definitely appreciate the memes but the news reports are getting super hard to listen to, and even though I want to be informed on everything, I can’t always sit and listen to this information.
I was initially frightened by COVID-19, not because I thought I was at risk, but because of the spread of fear that occurred over the world. Not having access to things like toilet paper, toothpaste, bread, and even flour, was terrifying. Walking into a grocery store with shelves that are completely empty and people walking around with surgical masks and gloves is shocking and utterly horrific. It is not something anyone could have predicted would happen, and the social media response has been eye opening for me.
It could be the fact that I mostly follow Disney accounts on Instagram, but everyone was posting their thanks to the healthcare workers and encouraging everyone to stay home. It felt like we were in a community together, sharing our new lives in quarantine and the moments of the day that we would not notice if our lives were back to normal. One person I follow who is a social media influencer full time, has started to post her coffees that she makes with this delicious looking foam, because us Starbucks enthusiasts have had to learn how to create our favourite drinks. It has actually made me feel closer to the social media community because we are all in this together. I can rely on their accounts to bring a smile to my face or inspire me to bake or create something new!
The one tip that I can give is to unfollow, or mute, celebrities. For them, living in their mansions and being forced to stay on their millions of acres of land seems difficult, but as someone currently living with 3 other people and a dog who never stops barking, that is really frustrating to see! Yes, a lot of celebrities are doing fantastic jobs on social media, like John Krasinski and Florence Pugh (2 icons), but people like Kylie Jenner and Jeffree Star are being intolerable. They both have absolutely incredible mansions with pools and so many things to do. I’m not saying they don’t deserve that but I find it really annoying to see them complain about being quarantined when they literally are still living their best lives.
This is probably going to be the strangest, scariest, and most uncertain time of our lives and having social media platforms is both a blessing and a curse. I have been surprised over the love and support that so many accounts are giving, and it gives me hope that we will be able to get through this. I’m also so happy that the earth and the environment can take a break from all the horrible things we have done in the past, and hopefully this can be a teaching lesson for people that we need to take care of our planet!