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What are the pros and cons of social medias impact on mental health during the coronavirus pandemic? Show more Show less

The coronavirus pandemic has led to significant lifestyle changes and isolation measures across the world. Social media has provided a platform for people to stay connected, communicate with friends and family, and engage with the news and current affairs. However, there is a lot of research and concern for the role of social media in the increasing mental health rates, particularly amongst teenagers. Also, the coronavirus ‘news fatigue’ which has led to many disengaging from social media during the pandemic. So, what are the pros and cons of social medias role in the pandemic regarding mental health?

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Social media has contributed to an 'Infodemic'

The term ‘infodemic’, formally coined by the World Health Organization, refers to emotional instability caused by the difficulty finding trustworthy sources. Social media has been a platform for the sharing and propagation of ‘fake news’ during the pandemic which may have negative impacts on an individual’s mental wellbeing.
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