Netflix and Switch: Recommendations help the quarantined

By Kayla Gayle, Student Life Editor

It’s around week five of quarantine, and I’m getting bored even more frequently. It feels as if everyone is running out of things to do and distract themselves (and me).

Homework and chores keep me busy, but during my free time, I can only refresh my Twitter timeline so many times before I realize no one has anything interesting to say.

The only thing keeping me sane during these ̶e̶x̶t̶r̶e̶m̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶b̶o̶r̶i̶n̶g̶ times is my friends’ inability to keep things that interest them to themselves.

Everyone is recommending media for others to intake; I have been told to become a fan of multiple K-pop groups, watch at least 10 CW shows and Bollywood movies, and read three novels during the past five weeks.

Even my own editor-in-chief has told me to listen to a podcast. (Side-note: everyone should go listen to King Falls AM on Spotify right now, it’s so good.)

Someone even told me to play Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as if we’re in a stable enough situation for me to spend $350 on a Nintendo Switch and a game chip.

Because of them, I have watched more Chinese and Korean dramas in the past five weeks of quarantine than I have in my entire life. (Another side-note: everyone should go watch The Untamed on Netflix, it’s the best historical drama I’ve seen in a while)

So this post is just a thank you to everyone recommending things to their friends so they can be entertained while locked in the house. You are our modern-day heroes. Quarantine doesn’t mean you have to tell everybody you know to watch that one show you saw on Hulu, but you do, so thank you for your service.

However, if you are someone who doesn’t receive an endless list of recommendations, that’s okay. Just stay inside and relax. You can open up Netflix and watch that movie that’s been in your list for months but still haven’t watched yet, listen to your Spotify daily mix, get stuck watching true crime videos on YouTube for hours. Or you could be productive by doing your homework.

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