Before the pandemic I was living with friends in Europe, but once lockdowns started being imposed I had to return to the US, for how long I didn’t know. I went from living in my social network to being incredibly distanced from it. Media kept me from being truly isolated. I was able to stay close to my friends, despite being several thousand kilometers away from them. We were able to play video games together, and maintain our social bonds. Media also enabled me to make new friends where I was, once socialising became a possibility again. Even while I wasn’t communicating with friends media entertained me, I could play video games or watch TV to pass the time – of which I had so much. Without media I would have lost my mind. I love my media because it allows me to maintain my relationships with those I care about, it offers me worlds to enjoy, and the opportunity to make new social connections.