Over the years, social media has proven itself to be an incredibly reliable and entertaining way of expelling boredom. Whether it’s to avoid an awkward conversation with distant relatives at the dinner table, or to serve as a quick distraction while on the daily commute, most of us can’t imagine having to do without it.
Which is why bouts of mild hysteria erupted when the holy trinity of Instagram, Facebook and Whatsapp stopped working for a bit (cue the eruption of hashtags #instagramdown #whatsappdown #facebookdown). Many even took to Twitter (ironically) to vent their frustration at being unable to upload images or videos onto Instagram or Facebook, while on Whatsapp, some were unable to send photos, videos and voice messages.
Facebook, which runs all three platforms, has said that the issue was triggered “during one of [its] routine maintenance operations”. The last time the trio suffered a major outage was in March, with some users around the globe facing trouble accessing Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp for over 24 hours. Facebook blamed that problem on a server issue.
The next time this happens (and it most likely will, because, technology), you don’t have to decry your existence, go into a meltdown and ponder whether your life is over. Remember life before social media was ever created? It was beautiful then too. Here are some things you can do whenever you’re not scrolling endlessly through your feeds.
Text: Joy Fang
Additional text: Zoe Zeng
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