By ANDREW WANG
As Tyler, the Creator once said, “Boredom got a new best friend.” In fact, boredom just got a lot of new best friends, including the approximately 42 million adolescents living in the United States that are (hopefully) practicing social distancing.
I decided to discover how my peers are reacting to their unexpected break the only way I know how: by checking social media.
Right now, it seems like TikTok is a cesspool of negative teenage emotions, kinda like a twenty one pilots concert. Everybody is either sad and angry that they’re missing out on prom and graduation, or they’re missing their friends so much that they want to go back to school. Imagine that. Kids are frustrated that they can’t go to school. Congratulations, coronavirus. You’ve done the unthinkable.
I saw one guy make a TikTok saying that he’d host a prom on Zoom, which has accumulated over 200,000 likes, one of which came from yours truly. Just imagine 200,000 bored teenagers on one Zoom call, all armed with unmuted mics, ready to indulge in the promise of “hella bangers.”
Unfortunately, Zoom is incapable of hosting this prom. It appears that even the most expensive Zoom plan can only host 1,000 participants at a time, on top of an over $100 monthly fee. I don’t know who’s going to be the one to tell all those kids that their prom is canceled (again), but it certainly will not be me.
Meanwhile, Snapchat stories are full of “Yolos” that basically ask for anonymous messages, and people are posting unflattering photos of themselves on Instagram for 24 hours with the caption “Until tomorrow.” These trends are really reviving the middle school “tbh/rate” culture that I never thought would see the light of day again.
If you actually made it to the end of this ramble, it probably means you’re pretty bored. Maybe as bored as today’s teenagers. Go join a digital prom or relive your middle school Snapchat days. Or just keep reading some of these other articles. It can’t be as bad as doing nothing.