Effects of Information about COVID-19 on Social Media on Students


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ÜNAL E. , ÖZDEMİR A.

International Journal of Caring Sciences, vol.14, no.2, pp.1227-1236, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Title of Journal : International Journal of Caring Sciences
  • Page Numbers: pp.1227-1236

Abstract

Abstract 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.