International Journal of Caring Sciences, vol.14, no.2, pp.1227-1236, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)
Aim: This study aimed to determine how students had been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and effects of
information about it that was shared via social media.
Methods: This descriptive and qualitative study was conducted with 126 students. A questionnaire was
prepared, and data were collected via computers.
Results: It was found that 29.4% of the students were negatively affected by TV programs about Covid-19 virus,
31.0% were negatively affected by Facebook and Instagram, and 9.5% were negatively affected by Twitter.
Information about Covid-19 from TV, Facebook and Instagram, and Twitter caused the students experience
feelings such as worry, anxiety, fear and uncertainty. It was determined that the students who were negatively
affected by social media were not negatively affected by the information and hygiene-related warnings of health
professionals (p<0.05). Those who were negatively affected by TV programs were also negatively affected by
Facebook and Instagram (p<0.05). It was also found that those who were negatively affected by Facebook and
Instagram were also negatively affected by Twitter (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Covid-19 pandemic is an ongoing health problem. Social media content concerning it may lead to
an increase in psychological problems.
Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, effects, social media, information.