And just like that, we’re already in our ninth week of isolation. If you ask me, it’s become a bit lonely being confined in such a small space with limited interaction. I consider myself to be somewhat of a social butterfly, and it’s been anxiety-inducing knowing that it will take more than a month before we could safely go outside again. I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way, which is why some people try and look for activities that will hopefully ease their worries. While others choose to work out or bake some cookies, there are some that turn to friendly social media fun like role-playing groups on Facebook.
From pretending to be ants or being back in their alma mater, people have been taking part in wholesome online groups where we can goof off and reminisce on the good old days.
One of the most popular groups right now is “A group where we all pretend to be ants in an ant colony.” When I first heard of the group, I thought it was just something my friend made out of boredom. After checking it out, I found that it was a group with people from all over the world.
In the group, members post a lot of ant-related role-playing scenarios. From introducing yourselves to digging through the colony, it seems that there’s enough fun for every race and nationality in “A group where we all pretend to be ants in an ant colony.”
According to the group’s about page, it was created almost a year ago. However, the group only gained attention recently as the number of members spiked during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. “The Daily Social Distancing Show with Trevor Noah” even featured the group last May 14, with the host joking that it might be the brainchild of Russians.
Due to the success of the ant colony group and other funny groups, some local college students started their own groups. Being a DLSU alumna, I was recently invited to the “A group where we all pretend to be in taft.” It’s basically the role-playing grounds of both DLS-CSB and DLSU students and alumni, where they share a lot of relatable content for all members of the group—including famous hangout/study spots. There are also other schools that followed suit. (Shoutout to our friends in Katip)
It’s such a delight seeing people trying to cope with anxiety through wholesome social media interaction. It shows just how much fun we can have while socializing without having to violate social distancing measures and talk sh*t about other people (or schools, ahem). We’re hopeful things will look up with mass testing and a vaccine and we can all go back to socializing outside our screens.
Art by Dana Calvo
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