Use of social media apps linked to feeling of isolation during COVID-19

According to a recent study, the use of online messaging apps and social media among Singapore residents increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore). Three out of four respondents (75%) said their use of WhatsApp during the pandemic has increased. This was followed by Telegram (60.3%), Facebook (60.2 percent) and Instagram (59.7 percent).

Accompanying this peak is videoconferencing fatigue, found the NTU Singapore study, which surveyed 1,606 Singapore residents. from From 17 to 31 December last year. Nearly one in two Singapore residents (44%) said they felt drained from videoconferencing activities, which became more frequent during the COVID-19 epidemic. About 86% of respondents reported that their use of videoconferencing tools increased during the pandemic.

The increased use of online communication tools could in part be driven by feelings of isolation, the researchers said. When asked how often they felt they lack company, 35% of respondents said they felt this way at times, while 19% felt this way often or very often. About 32% also reported feeling left out at times, while 18% said they felt left out often or very often. The nationwide online study examining the new normal after the COVID-19 outbreak is commissioned by the Center for Information Integrity and the Internet (IN-cube), a new research center at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) from NTU and conducted by a local survey company.

Associate Professor Edson C Tandoc Jr, Director of IN-cube, said: “The significant correlation between the use of online communication tools and the feeling of isolation from The survey results can help explain why most of our respondents have reported an increase in the use of online communication tools in recent months, as they turn to these tools to feel connected to others even when physical interactions need to be limited. “Social interaction through these online communication tools certainly brings new challenges. Some may feel like they are always on call at work or among their friends. Others may not feel comfortable turning on the camera during a video call or may not have a stable Internet connection. With these difficulties and limitations in mind, we need to be aware of our expectations of others when we use these tools or when we ask others to use them, ”added Tandoc Jr.

The IN-cube survey also found that nearly two in three (63.1%) Singapore residents think the COVID-19 situation will improve this year, with six in 10 (60.6%) not seeing the situation. time to leave Singapore. One in four respondents also indicated an intention to make high-value purchases after the pandemic, such as buying luxury bags, cars or property. However, this optimism that the COVID-19 situation is improving comes with a tinge of caution. About 68.7% said they likely or most likely will continue to avoid places with large public gatherings, while 68.5% said they will continue to engage in social distancing even after the pandemic ends.

Face masks may also remain on the agenda, as 64% said they will continue to wear face masks outdoors even after COVID-19, while 62% said it is likely or very likely that will continue to work from at home whenever possible, even after the pandemic. NTU assistant professor Edmund Lee, deputy director of IN-cube said, “The intention of Singaporeans to avoid large public gatherings – even if they believe the COVID-19 situation will improve – is a positive indication that people they are still watching as they adjust to the new normal.

“The challenge is how we can avoid becoming victims of our own success by ensuring that people do not suffer from ‘COVID-19 fatigue’ and let their guard down as Singapore gradually opens up to the world,” added Edmund Lee. (ANI)

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News Highlights:

  • According to a recent study, the use of online messaging apps and social media among Singapore residents increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The study was conducted by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore).
  • Use of social media apps linked to feeling of isolation during COVID-19