By Max Derrick
April 5, 2020
After reading all the posts on our class blog, I found myself connecting with Andrew’s post the most, in a few different ways. First off, I did not fully understand the severity of Coronavirus (Covid-19) when I started hearing about the virus. I had seen people speaking about it on television, as well as online and through social media. Next thing I knew, the National Basketball Association finals were postponed, and NCAA March Madness was cancelled along with The Masters, Wimbledon, and the National Hockey League. This hit home for me as I find the majority of entertainment, if not all of it, through sports. I have never been a huge fan of reality TV and other television entertainment and movies that others may like on Netflix or Hulu.
As social distancing has become my only option these days, I have spent my time in quarantine watching re-runs of old sports games, Netflix shows like “Breaking Bad,” and actually picked up the sport of “frolfing” (Frisbee golf) with my brother. With this, I have spent hours on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Tik Tok (because my friends watch them). My activity on social media has increased significantly because I have been social distancing. While in quarantine, social media has become the only form of communication I can use to keep in touch with family and friends. After countless hours on social media, I cannot stare at my screen any longer. I also only rely on social media as my main source of information as I have never been a news watcher. This shapes my perspective on the crisis very specifically, because social media has a unique way of delivering information to the public. I have noticed that many people are now going outside more frequently, I know I am as I love to take my dog for walks. Coronavirus in one way or another has impacted the entire world, and because of this, I believe that social distancing is necessary to ensure and maintain a healthy lifestyle for all people around me.