COVID creates boredom; students find entertainment


photo by Paige Gieseke

Freshman Claire Gieseke rides her bike to stay active while at home.

Paige Williams

  An extra unexpected 4-month long break seems fun until boredom kicks in.  The government has closed restaurants, parks, gyms, and even casinos due to covid-19. With a stay at home order in place there is relatively nothing to do. Even on Tv all sports have been suspended: NHL, MLB, PGA Golf, NBA, and more popular sports that are televised. Now most of people’s hobbies have been taken away and people need to get creative to stay busy.

  Many people have been enjoying the outdoors. The weather has been nice enough for a light jacket and maybe even shorts. On every corner there are new faces enjoying the beautiful weather. 

  “I’ve been going on a lot of bike rides. It’s an easy way to work out and do something during the day,” James Buck, senior, said. 

  Some students are still able to work. All non-emergency workers are ordered to work from home or file for unemployment, but with most students still being young they work at fast food or restaurant-like businesses.  

  “I’m grateful I still am able to work. I’m still making money, and I get to leave my house to do something productive,” Josh Williams, senior, said.  

  Not only are restaurant workers still employed, but so are nurses, workers at nursing homes, grocery store clerks, pharmacists, and more. 

  “It’s scary [working at a nursing home] because they’re more at risk, but I am also happy to be still working instead of being unemployed,” Sarah Parker, senior, said.

  Living in the 21st century with internet, Tv, radio, and much more available at hand allows teens and adults to stream entire series at once with platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney plus, HBO, and more. 

  “Subscription streaming video leader Netflix (NFLX) is seeing usage spikes in regions most impacted by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic,” according to

  As more users join and buy subscription packages, stocks have risen since the outbreak with more users joining to pass time. 

   Users, especially teenagers, are also using social media due to the lockdown to stay connected to friends.  

  According to Business Insider, TikTok has grown ever since “Bored users in countries impacted by the virus are logging daily life under quarantine and social distancing, holding ‘cloud raves’ on the app to replace partying, spreading coronavirus memes, and sharing health advice”  according to

  Teenagers on the app are shown using creative outlets such as painting, dancing, challenges, and much more to pass time during quarantine.

  With the stay at home order students also are staying busy with online school work. 

“As much as I miss going to school and seeing my friends and teachers I like being able to work at my own pace. I usually do school work between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.” Claire Truesdale, junior, said.