- As safety measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus become more stringent, people are fighting off boredom and isolation as they quarantine in their homes.
- For many, the best solution to social distancing is making memes and TikTok videos of their "new normal."
- Quarantine content covers every aspect of life in lock-down: undesirable family time, boredom, love in close quarters, and spurts of bizarre creativity.
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As a novel coronavirus continues to spread — reaching over 222,000 confirmed cases worldwide — people are finding themselves confined to their homes and under strict instruction to avoid social gatherings.
The stringent safety measures, however, have given rise to a new genre of online content: quarantine memes.
Social media is flooded with content finding the humor in people's new, bizarre realities (a search on any platform using the 'quarantine' hashtag yields endless results).
For many, quarantine has necessitated some unexpected family time.
Sheltering in place with family has proven to be rich material for online content. Creators are referencing "The Office" and even "Parasite," to cope with their new lack of personal space.
The impending boredom and loneliness of social distancing seem to have given people a new definition of entertainment.
Following days of social isolation, people are posting memes and videos of their newfound quarantine entertainment.
Jason Euler, a DJ in Arizona, posted a video of his upcoming "plans" after reaching day seven of quarantine with three roommates.
"We've only gone to the store and that's it," Euler, who goes by Yules, told Insider. "I felt a lot of people in the dance music community could relate!"
Those who don't have roommates to dance with are creating their own content and finding other forms of entertainment.
Me And My Friend Made A Dance Video ##quarantinelife
For some, quarantine has become an opportunity to get creative, picking up new hobbies and passions.
Being in lock-down has presented people with a unique opportunity to indulge in new, weird hobbies.
As Twitter user and editor Julia McCarthy quipped: "The Bubonic Plague's impact resulted in wide-ranging social, economic, cultural, and religious changes. These changes, directly and indirectly, led to the emergence of the Renaissance, one of the greatest epochs for art, architecture, and literature in human history."
Accordingly, people are documenting their new creative experiments, from makeovers to filling bathtubs with colorful objects.
WHAT DID I DO 😫 ##hair ##haircut ##fyp
Day 4 of Quarantine. Wine is my new favorite drink🥺
RESULTS from the video I posted last night filling my bathtub with orbez becuase of my boredness ✅ ##coronavirus ##quarantine ##boredom
Not everyone, however, is in favor of people exploring new interests during this time of boredom. Actress Nicola Coughman warned her 161,000 Twitter followers of an impending epidemic: more podcasts.
In the video, Coughman encouraged her fans to stop the spread of podcasts to tell the "Stephens" in their lives that no one is interested in their new pods.
Love in quarantine has become an amusing challenge for some couples.
Navigating romance in times of crisis has given rise to "love in quarantine" online content. So, naturally, people are dealing with single life, fears of the unknown, or overly close quarters with a partner by turning to the internet for humor.
based off true events ##cup ##foryou ##corona ##coronacheck ##quarantinelife
Developing quarantine routines and healthy eating habits has also been a meme-worthy challenge.
Quarantine meme content would not be complete without the meticulous documentation of new sleeping and eating habits. As those in quarantine eat to pass time and sleep for the majority of the day, many are seeking solidarity online.
It’s hard being the fata$$ of the family sometimes 😔 ##fyp ##foryoupage ##quarantine ##strengthtraining ##food ##covid19
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