COVID has grown to affect millions of people all over the world. Every life has been impacted in one way or another.  Something that I believed would only last a few months has now stretched to over a year. 

With social distancing and quarantining I had a lot of free time. I wasn’t really in the rush to find a hobby, but just something to help pass the time.

Some people like to spend time reading, doing workouts, or taking walks.  Of course, I did what any teen does and binge-watched Netflix and Hulu. I watched “Gossip Girl”, “The Originals”, “The Good Doctor”, “The Umbrella Academy”, “The Queen’s Gambit”, and “The 100”. 

Spending a lot of time in front of the screen does get boring sooner or later. Apps like Instagram and Snapchat become tasteless and draining.  Much of the time I spent was on TikTok as well. 

Over months of the only social interactions being perceived through screens, I saw a change on social media. A new thing referred to as “cancel culture” became quite prominent. This would be okay if it were for good reasoning. But many were just accusations or assumptions. Instead of focusing on real current events, people focused on what others wore and did. People received hate for simple opinions. Instead of TikTok being a positive app like in 2019, it became overly toxic. Huge creators who had done unforgivable deeds were easily forgiven. But small creators were thrown to the wolves for anything. 

On a positive note, this summer I got into cooking and baking as well. I watched videos on YouTube or TikTok that shared new recipes and recommendations. I made some things I loved and others not so much. It’s important to have some sort of outlet when you’re stuck inside for a long time. As of now I am spending less time on social media and getting ready for the last semester to come to an end. 

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