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

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?


Social media has allowed civic participation and a feeling of engagement

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. Explore


The potential negative impacts of social media have been increased by the pandemic

Social media, before the pandemic, has been seen to lead to feelings of disconnect and lead to mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. With the future global uncertainty, increased overall engagement rates with social media and social unrest- the problems previously associated with social media have been exaggerated. Explore

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. Explore
This page was last edited on Monday, 8 Jun 2020 at 11:54 UTC