Here Are 6 Instagram Accounts to Get You Through the Quarantine
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Though self-isolation is crucial to curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, hours spent alone at home can certainly get boring. Luckily, social media mavens around the world have been quick to fill the void of outdoor activities and social gatherings with Instagram accounts dedicated to quarantine-focused content.
Due to 2020 graduates’ inability to present their Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts thesis shows in-person, virtual showcase Social Distance Gallery stepped in as a platform to share the hard work of young artists. If you’re looking for a dose of humor, Dogs Working From Home is a compendium of, well, dogs working from home. In a similar vein, WFH Fits replaces the glossy feel of typical street style feeds with a slew of mirror selfies chronicling remote workers’ at-home fits.
Keep reading for six Instagram accounts posting the quarantine content you need.
Dogs Working From Home
“I think we’ve all experienced trying to type on the keyboard with the dog edging its head into your hands,” Mark Polchleb, the animal lover behind @dogsworkingfromhome, told The Guardian. The account is a much-needed, yet relevant break from the slew of anxiety-inducing headlines that are likely flooding your feed right now. Via DM, dog owners around the world can submit photos of their pups getting down to business as long as they’re at home and no where else: “We’ve had people submitting dogs at cafes, which is a big ‘no-no’ from me. We want to see those doggos at home with their families where everyone should be staying for now,” Polchleb said.
Created by roommates Thi Q. Lam and Rance Nix, @loveisquarantine adapts hit Netflix show Love Is Blind to give self-isolating singles an opportunity to find a partner. Using a Google Doc open to the public, Lam and Nix pair entrants up and connect them in a group text. “Contestants” submit videos of themselves before and after going on virtual dates, allowing viewers to follow along with the trials and tribulations of love in the time of coronavirus.
Social Distance Gallery
A project started by painter Benjamin Cook, @socialdistancegallery steps in as numerous schools have cancelled BFA and MFA thesis shows. The account highlights the hard work of graduating students in photo and video galleries of art across various mediums including sculpture, photography and film. If you’re interested in submitting your thesis work, head to Social Distance Gallery’s accompanying website for instructions.
Social Distance Project
Variety writer and social media editor Meg Zukin took to Twitter on March 12 with a simple request: ”if u live with a significant other and think all the co-quarantining will cause u to break up, email me at megzukin at gmail dot com. i’m not writing a story im just messy and love drama,” she posted. What started as a simple request quickly snowballed into a full-blown fundraising project. With permission, Zukin compiled the thousands of personal accounts she received into a Google Doc — now an official website and Instagram — distributed to anyone who donated $1 USD. Though the website and Instagram are now free to access, Zukin continues to accept donations and has raised almost $6,000 USD, which she has donated to various non-profits — including the Los Angeles Food Bank, Durham Artist Relief Fund and Wesley Shelter — responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Stand-up comic Taylor Tomlinson (@taylortomlinson) has been dating fellow comedian Sam Morril for just over six months. When the long-distance couple realized the severity of the current situation, Morril — who was visiting Tomlinson in Los Angeles — decided against flying back to New York. Now, to fill the void of live performances, the two comics are releasing a series of short videos via Instagram aptly titled, “New Couple Gets Quarantined.” So far, the couple has released 11 episodes — stay tuned for more.
If working remotely has you stuck in a style rut (AKA living in pajamas 24/7), head to @wfhfits for some inspiration. Taking submissions via DM, the account chronicles the best of cozy at-home fashion, from colorful robes to fuzzy slippers to layered knits. There’s never been a better time to dress up for a pre-work mirror selfie — if you’re in need of stylish loungewear, head to our roundup of recommendations.