Why I Can’t Unfollow Pandemic-Ignoring Influencers

It’s easy to follow health guidelines, but it’s much harder to look away

Carly J Hallman
5 min readMar 11, 2021
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Once upon a time, social media was a way to connect with people we knew — Classmates.com, Myspace, Facebook. Then it was a way to connect with people we wanted to know and who hopefully wanted to know us — Twitter, Tinder, LinkedIn. Now, it’s voyeuristic, a place for us to peer into enviable lives — Instagram, TikTok, YouTube. We still want to know these people, but these people don’t even know we exist. They’re personalities, and we’re just numbers.

Much has already been written online about friendships and values and pandemic-era behavior and how they will affect our relationships within the post-COVID world. For those of us who’ve hunkered down at home, diligently donning our masks when venturing out for work or errands, it’s difficult to imagine restarting a friendship with someone who’s been essentially living their life as usual. The circumstances have changed. Some might still balk at ending a lifelong friendship over an ill-timed vacation, a few parties, and an aversion to facial coverings. But fundamentally different values are as valid a reason as any to close the book for good.

Over the past year, I have unfriended people I’ve known since middle school on Facebook, resisted the…

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Carly J Hallman

Just another 30-something writing about the internet, nostalgia, culture, entertainment, and life. Author, screenwriter, copywriter. www.carlyjhallman.com