DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20221033

COVID-19 and the effect of its infodemic on people’s wellbeing

Dina H. Taan Al Awar, Mawaheb A. Abbas, Al Anoud S. Al Fehaidi, Najwa Ali Al Zaghal

Abstract


In this research, it was used to look at social media behaviour during the pandemic and how it might have affected well-being. The WHO-5 Well-Being Index (WHO-5) score was used to do this. COVID-19-related material was sought for and disseminated through social media by those who participated in the study. This research shows how social media might affect people's well-being during this epidemic and other crisis in the future. 73 percent of the 993 participants were women, 91 percent were university graduates, and 50 percent worked in diverse occupations, with 20 percent working in health care. Participants said they got COVID-19-related news mostly via social media and messaging apps, with WhatsApp being the most popular. After authentication, the majority of participants said they shared information. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, this research offers insight into the usage of Social Media and its influence on well-being. During catastrophes and disasters, social media behaviours may have an influence on public safety. There is also a need for global and local health authorities to better prepare for future challenges by developing policies and actions that address these difficulties. Social media activities may directly affect one's mental health, but more research is required before conclusions can be drawn.


Keywords


COVID-19, Pandemic, Social media, Infodemic

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