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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 facilitated communication

The ongoing global pandemic has isolated many from friends and loved ones, creating a rise in individuals experiencing feelings of loneliness and other symptoms of poor mental health. However, it can be argued that social media has facilitated communication during a time of distress. Now more than ever, there is a range of avenues available to people so they can stay connected virtually. Consequently, this enables communities to build a stronger support network during a time of unease and anxiety.
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The Argument

In this pandemic, social media has become a lifeline for many, tackling issues of loneliness and isolation, demonstrating why human beings reply on opportunities to connect and socialise with others. Robinson argues that "Human beings are social creatures. We need the companionship of others to thrive in life, and the strength of our connections has a huge impact on our mental health and happiness. Being socially connected to others can ease stress, anxiety, and depression, boost self-worth, provide comfort and joy, prevent loneliness, and even add years to your life. On the flip side, lacking strong social connections can pose a serious risk to your mental and emotional health."

Counter arguments

Particularly during a global pandemic, social media usage can have the counter-argument of becoming overwhelming and interpreted as a negative activity for one's mental health if used extensively.

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The Independent: UK Government Website: < https://www.local.gov.uk/loneliness-social-isolation-and-covid-19-practical-advice/ >

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