Link Tank: Why You Should Watch Oxygen on Netflix

A review of Netflix's Oxygen, tips on overcoming COVID-19 anxiety, great sci-fi/fantasy audiobooks in the month of May, and more!

Oxygen Netflix Film

Netflix’s latest French indie film, Oxygen, is the first great sci-fi thriller to come out of the pandemic lockdown.

“Netflix’s latest sci-fi movie was first announced in 2017 with Anne Hathaway in the starring role. In 2020, Noomi Rapace replaced Hathaway, but that version fell apart, too. Finally, French movie star Mélanie Laurent replaced Rapace, transforming Oxygen into the French indie now streaming on Netflix.”

Read more at Inverse.

As the world opens up this year, here are some tips on how to overcome COVID-19 anxiety and have fun outside again.

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“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its COVID-19 guidelines, saying it’s safe for fully vaccinated people to socialize indoors in small groups without masks. The three COVID-19 vaccines approved by the FDA offer excellent protection against the virus, but they won’t replenish any social skills you’ve lost over the past year.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

A new study on college students found that petting a therapy animal can significantly decrease stress.

“Though no one may have needed a study to tell them this, new research has found that therapy dogs are indeed good boys and girls. The experiment found that these dogs helped sharpen the cognitive skills of stressed college students weeks after they took part in a petting program, to an even greater degree than other stress management options offered on campus.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Looking to improve your streaming experience at home? Check out how you can upgrade your setup.

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“Tired of looking at the same streaming setup after a long year of binging without any changes? Maybe you’re looking to upgrade to a projector, or perhaps you’re looking to improve your seating arrangement to really get into the game. Whichever you choose, take stock of your budget and then check out these tips for how to get the ultimate at-home streaming setup.”

Read more at Thrillist.

In a pro-gender expression move, Instagram has now made displaying preferred pronouns an option on user profiles.

“Instagram now lets users add preferred pronouns to their profile. Rolling out first in Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US, the feature makes it easy to tell the world (or just your followers) how best to refer to you. Visit Edit Profile and look for the empty Pronouns box. Choose up to four words like she, her, he, him, they, them, which will appear in faded text next to your name.”

Read more at PCMag.

For fans of escapist fiction with no time to read, check out 10 amazing sci-fi/fantasy audiobooks in the month of May.

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“With May here, we’re excited to dive into a new world of audiobooks. This month’s listen-list includes some of the spring’s most exciting new releases and several old favorites you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re looking for a genre-bending work of Gothic fiction like River Soloman’s Sorrowland or a rollicking fantasy adventure like Christopher Buehlman’s The Blacktongue Thief, we’re sure you’ll find something that you love.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.