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With majority of the earth’s population being advised to stay indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it appears that many people view self-isolation as an opportunity for a bit of self-care.
Millions of people around the world are rapidly reacquainting themselves with the concept of ‘reading books’ and ‘jig saw puzzles’ between video meetings – and of course ‘sleeping late’.
However, the concept of WFH (working from home) is in itself a privilege that the middle class can easily take for granted while they are so busy complaining about it.
While having a stable home, job and income to support a month of working from home may feel like a basic standard of living for many – there is a large population on the planet who do not have these luxuries and must continue on the frontline, putting themselves at risk of coronavirus at work and in the streets.
However, for 26-year-old fashion social media manager, Eliza, these kinds of pressures are for someone else to have to deal with – because she’s got her own shit going.
Namely, that there’s nothing good to watch on the six different streaming platforms she has set up on her 50 inch TV at her family home.
“Soooo boring!” says Eliza, whose father had to reprimand her over 10 times on the weekend for attempting to invite every one of her 13 best girlfriends over to the family home to hang out.
“What am I going to do for the next four weeks? I read something on Facebook that said it might even be longer?”
As someone who doesn’t currently have a boyfriend, or a fitness regime to distract, Eliza is now staring down the barrel of having to answer phone calls from her friends – like some sort of Gen-X loser.
She joins millions of millennials around the world who are in the exact same position – having grown tired of the zips and zaps of HouseParty and TikTok.
“I usually don’t answer phone calls because they are sooo lame” says Eliza.
“But, like, there is nothing else to do. Plus I’m at home living with my parents and haven’t been clubbing for about two weeks so my anxiety levels aren’t even that high”
Eliza goes on to epitomise her generation’s feelings towards the concept of a ‘phone call’.
“Haha. It’s so weird. Just, like, listening to someones voice. What the hell”