While it’s been said that necessity is the mother of invention, the coronavirus quarantines are proving that boredom often sparks creativity.
People stuck in their homes with plenty of extra time on their hands thanks to the global pandemic are finding ways to defuse their restlessness and provide much-needed laughter on social media.
me next Monday at work #SocialDistancing #SocialDistancingPickUpLines #coronavirusaurtralia #covid19australia pic.twitter.com/Nc4YUuSWbo
— Vicky por Australia (@vicbasseni) March 20, 2020
With new phrases like “social distancing” and “self-quarantining” becoming part of everyone’s vocabularies, the reality of the cultural lifestyle shifts has made for a wave of inventive responses like the latest: social distancing-themed pickup lines.
Over 250,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide and over 10,000 deaths have been attributed to the illness, forcing the closure of businesses and schools to stem the spread of the virus. People are working from home, practicing keeping a six-foot distance from others and more in an effort to deal with the outbreak which prompted California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom to issue a mandatory stay at home order on Thursday.
Powerful messages of inspiration encouraged Americans on Twitter and even Hollywood actors took to social media to spread a message of hope and solidarity, while many found a new way to literally shine a light in the darkness.
Let’s talk victory as powerful messages of inspiration emerge and remind: ‘Americans DON’T lose’ https://t.co/1JSubmpDIe
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 19, 2020
Many social media users turned to humor to deal with the stress and the isolation from being trapped at home, and they sparked the viral hashtag #SocialDistancingPickUpLines to help with finding the perfect quarantine mate.
What are your #SocialDistancingPickUpLines ?
Is that hand sanitizer in your pocket or are you just happy to be within 6ft of me?
You Smell So Good, Is That Purell You’re Wearing?
Send us yours! @FirstUp1050
— Carlo Colaiacovo (@CarloColaiacovo) March 20, 2020
Some contributions focused on the medical side of COVID-19:
Is this a dry cough or did you just take my breath away?#SocialDistancingPickUpLines
— Damilare Emmanuel (@echo_dammy) March 19, 2020
“what colour respirator are you wearing?”
“I’m not wearing one.”
“oh, i love it when you talk dirty.”
— J🎯HN SALMON 🐟 (@Catchasalmon88) March 19, 2020
Are you a pandemic because you’ve got my heart on lockdown
— Vixera (@carpe_flamma) March 19, 2020
“If I had a dollar for every time I thought about you, I’d be in the highest tax bracket and then I’d be able to get tested for coronavirus.” #SocialDistancingPickUpLines
— Jill in Virusland (@Jillinvirusland) March 19, 2020
Others suggested the 2020 version of “Netflix and chill.”
FaceTime and chill? #SocialDistancingPickUpLines
— Michael (@Sckswithsandals) March 19, 2020
Hey there, would you like to Netflix and sanitize? #SocialDistancingPickUpLines
— Damilare Emmanuel (@echo_dammy) March 19, 2020
The six-foot distance rule and the quarantines inspired many tweets.
“I’m just a girl, standing 6 feet away from a boy. Asking him to maybe move back another foot. Thanks.” #SocialDistancingPickUpLines pic.twitter.com/IV7lT1Nnl3
— Hollywood Exposed (@AndstuffL) March 19, 2020
If I said you had a beautiful body would you keep it 2 metres away from me? pic.twitter.com/AarhIGhhZs
— Historygee (@Historygee1) March 19, 2020
#SocialDistancingPickUpLines If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I six feet away from each other.
— Ren Walstrom (@RenWalstrom) March 19, 2020
You can’t spell quarantine without U and I #SocialDistancingPickUpLines pic.twitter.com/EmY6DP7tAx
— B A B Y R A Q (@Thatgirlraquel_) March 19, 2020
You had me at 10 feet
— walterwhiteish (@John_tye) March 19, 2020
interested in making some weekend travel plans?#SocialDistancingPickUpLines pic.twitter.com/wS8tnu6gOh
— Brian Beard (@bbeard76) March 19, 2020
And, of course, the empty store shelves and toilet paper hoarding were also included as the hashtag and the entertaining tweets were appreciated by many who needed some levity in their isolation.
Baby, do you need toilet paper? Because I can be your Prince Charmin. #SocialDistancingPickUpLines pic.twitter.com/nk3l7rzubt
— Roman Phoenix (@RomanPhoenix4) March 19, 2020
Without you my life is as empty as the supermarket shelf. 😂 pic.twitter.com/3HomeHkfxJ
— Poeticgirl86 (@poeticgirl86) March 19, 2020
— Heather Schultz (@HeatherSchultz) March 19, 2020
“Will you accept this rose? But first, do you wash your hands?”#SocialDistancingPickUpLines pic.twitter.com/grYFKuU6aL
— iamabariatricpatient (@JeanineMSherman) March 20, 2020
“Can I buy you a shot of hand sanitizer?” pic.twitter.com/sODObZMy0O
— Karen Farber (@Farbeka) March 20, 2020
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