BINGO through the phone: A trendy way to stay connected through quarantine


The Tower Pulse created a bingo card for self-care. Many have taken to Instagram to make bingo cards for entertainment during quarantine. Photo from The Tower Pulse.

During quarantine, students from around the world have been inventing new ways to stay entertained. One such method is creating and completing social media bingos that pertain to a particular group.
North student Connor Lefebvre ’21 said he has been filling his time by posting bingos on his social media platforms.
“I have had a ton of spare time since quarantine began, and I haven’t known what to do,” Lefebvre said. “When I saw people starting to do these bingos, I decided to try one. It turned out to be really fun, and they sort of cured my boredom for a bit.”
Fellow North student Victoria Treder ’21, has also been filling her time with bingos. She not only fills them out, but also creates them.
“I started doing bingos as a fun activity when quarantine started, even though they were a thing before,” Treder said.
South student Elli Richter ’21, has been sharing bingos too, but for a different reason. She feels that posting bingos is a way to let her followers know more about her and her hobbies or interests.
“By filling out bingo templates for my social media stories, I feel more connected to my friends and peers than I would without it because it allows me to engage my hobbies and interests in a way that I would normally only be able to with face-to-face conversation,” Richter said.
According to Lefebvre, he has been hooked on these bingos and said that he’s spent a good amount of time doing them.
“I still do them because there are a lot to choose from, and I would say that I spend about 20 minutes on average per day filling out new ones,” Lefebvre said.
Treder derived inspiration for these bingos from specific sources, and the reason she does them is because they are something that connects her with others.
“Honestly, I saw my friends putting bingos on their (Instagram and Snapchat) stories, and it looked like something fun I could do to fill time,” Treder said.
According to Richter, she doesn’t think she would be doing these if it wasn’t for quarantine.
“I feel like I would definitely be spending my time hanging out with friends or going places like the mall or restaurants,” Richter said. “Obviously since quarantine is prohibiting this, there’s not much else to do (other) than sit around and try new things.”
Lefebvre disagrees with Richter and says that even if quarantine wasn’t happening right now, he would most likely be keeping up with the latest trends and trying the bingos.
“Honestly if I saw people doing these bingos on social media, I would think it’s pretty cool regardless if we’re on lockdown or not,” Lefebvre said. “I get bored often, so I would try these different social media challenges for sure.”
Similar to Richter, Treder feels that she’s only doing bingos because of quarantine.
“I really enjoy them because they fill up time that I normally wouldn’t have any other time,” Treder said. “During quarantine, it can get pretty boring, so having something like this to do is a fun way to fill time.”
Lefebvre has been spending lots of time on social media, so doing these bingos is an interesting way to pass time for him.
“Because of my engagement in social media recently, filling out bingos has been a fun way to share with my friends what I’m up to and that I’m still waking up every day and taking time to live,” Lefebvre said.
Because of these troubling times, Treder thinks that bingos are a great thing for other teens to engage in doing.
“I would definitely encourage others to do bingos because they are very fun and enjoyable and connect you to the outside world while we are all stuck inside,” Treder said.