How has COVID-19 affected Social Media?

Social media is not always negative. It has both good and bad sides. During the COVID-19 situation, it was a platform for spreading both misinformation and accurate information.


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Social media and COVID-19

The quarantine situation and public isolation due to the early coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are reasons for increasingly using social media platforms. The COVID-19 outbreak is a global pandemic so around the globe, many countries have made decisions such as imposing curfews, quarantines, and closing non-essential stores, schools, universities, and factories to control the health pandemic in their countries. As a result, people spend more time with social media on their devices to get information and entertain themselves.

No matter the positive function or negative effect of information, social media is an excellent source for sharing knowledge and making memories. So, let’s see how COVID-19 affects social media.

Social media and COVID-19: Downsides

During the COVID-19 period, social media usage increased tremendously. Social media and other digital platforms offer information and keep people connected every time. However, the widespread misinformation on social media and other digital platforms has been considered to be as much of a threat to viruses as the public health itself. The problem of misinformation on social media serves to reduce the global response to the virus by destroying public trust. 

Furthermore, The increasing amount of negative information about COVID-19 and its associated mortalities across newsfeeds on social media has increased mental illness. Because of this misinformation, many people are pandemic and it affects their mental health. And while using platforms such as Facebook, it is a big platform so it has a wide audience, then anyone can easily spread misinformation. 

Moreover, extended social media usage can increase the risk to mental health. Because of COVID-19 curfews and quarantines, many people are addicted to social media and various social media platforms. Along with that, social media crimes like cyberbullying increased a lot. Study findings have brought into view a potential risk between social media use and emotional trauma (Abbas, et al. 2021). 

Social media and COVID-19: Upside

The key advantage of social media is the ease of access to information. COVID-19 is not only a cause for physical health it has led us into a global crisis in mental health. So, it is essential to provide accurate information for users to cross out fear and uncertainty factors that serve to exacerbate stress and mental ill-health. For that, social media is a great source for providing information about the COVID-19 virus and the latest updates about this virus. Providing key information can reduce mental health illness and unnecessary fear. 

Moreover, many people are now more likely to turn to newsfeeds on social media platforms than they are to more traditional sources of media like newspapers, books, and other resources. In addition to health information, social media is a great platform to connect with friends, neighbors, and families. Due to the curfew, people can’t go out so it is the biggest damage to mental health. But through these social media platforms, people can connect with their families and students can share their knowledge. 

So, in such a situation, we can get a lot of positive benefits from social media. 

Conclusion

Social media is not always negative. It has both good and bad sides. During the COVID-19 situation, it was a platform for spreading both misinformation and accurate information. Extended usage of social media can cause mental health. So, always use social media for good things and use it for a limited time period. 


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