Excuse to Humble Brag Brings Comfort During Isolation

Now try to visit every city in every country before changing countries

Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you have to appear lame. Unable to post pictures from hot restaurants, exclusive parties, and exotic travel destinations, people have found a way to still appear cool and hopefully inspire jealousy in followers.

“I saw that online challenge about putting a checkmark next to the places you’ve been?” said Graham Tory, a librarian isolating in Edmonton. “So I thought, this is a great way to make it look like I’m playing a game while reminding people that I’d be out adventuring if I wasn’t stuck at home.”

It’s a relief to many that they can spend the day on the couch in pajamas while continuing to project an enviable persona.

“At least the pressure to get into a big ticket concert or be the first person to post about rainbow bagels has eased,” said Jagmeet Shan. “Now I can just rest on my laurels. I can Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday to all the impressive stuff I’ve already posted about.”

While some find comfort in a simple cup of coffee or the chance to read a book during the coronavirus outbreak, these banal activities aren’t the kind of shares that rack up likes and comments.

“If anyone can do it, I don’t post about it,” said Tory. “If my updates don’t make someone else feel like a loser, what’s the point?”

Molly Donovan

I grew up in the USA, but don't hold that against me because I'm also Canadian. Just think of me as the mole.

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