top of page


By Sandy Rodriguez

Who would have thought that so many people would have such extreme opinions about everything from social ills to how jeans should fit? Many factors might have driven this phenomenon, but Covid was certainly one of them.

Forced and unwanted solitude can lead to boredom and frustration, as well as a craving for exciting distractions— and picking a fight or starting a heated argument ensures experiencing drama. Also, isolation often goes hand in hand with increased social media use. I am a big proponent of social media, yet even I notice that it rarely exposes users to new or varied ways of thinking, but rather to ideas that are in line with their existing beliefs. No matter what we think, then, social media serves an echo chamber that can make us grow more convinced that we’re completely right about everything.