Since the start of COVID-19, we have been put into isolation to limit the spread of the virus. A life that once was filled with people and social interactions is left with only faces on a computer screen. Concerned for everyone’s safety, people relied on social media to maintain relationships with their loved ones. Social Media provided a platform to feel connected and loved especially during this pandemic. The usage of social media skyrocketed as we received new information, emails and messages. Life with social media became a norm.
Social media provides people with a substitute to having social interactions with others. The human brain is wired for social interactions, without it, we are not able to fully develop. According to Nancy Copp, a research psychologist, she stated that “Social media allows us to maintain connections with our loved ones, and it provides a space for self expression”, giving us a sense of belonging which promotes social interactions with individuals. However, the negative side effects of social media can also be seen during this time. As people feel anxious and uncertain during this time, social media constantly feeds information and posts that make them feel more overwhelmed according to research.
Social media has both positive and negative impacts on us. It is important to take a hiatus from social media sometimes and realize there is still a real world outside the door.