Memes helped people cope with Covid pandemic-related stress, a US study says

Memes helped people cope with Covid pandemic-related stress, a US study says


It is well known that meme, once an obscure term in the pre-Internet era, has become one of the most important communication methods of the 21st century.

Memes are primarily made up of weird images that try to put a smile on people’s faces, or are used as satire to comment on political and social matters. They are part of everyday social media interaction, used and shared and consumed every minute.

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It is well known that meme, once an obscure term in the pre-Internet era, has become one of the most important communication methods of the 21st century.

Memes are primarily made up of weird images that try to put a smile on people’s faces, or are used as satire to comment on political and social matters. They are part of everyday social media interaction, used and shared and consumed every minute.

Almost anything can become a meme – even people.

The rise of meme culture coincides with the increasing presence of the internet and social media. With more and more time being spent online, memes are the perfect vehicle for conveying information, humor, and opinions.

But are they helpful in dealing with a stressful event? A recent study by US researchers seems to suggest this.

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Researchers from Pennsylvania State University and the University of California Santa Barbara found that memes help people manage life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The study, published this week in the journal Psychology of Popular Media, found that those who viewed memes reported “higher levels of humor” and more positive feelings.

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They surveyed 748 people online last December: 72% of those surveyed were white, 54% identified themselves as women, 63% had no college degree, and their ages ranged from 18 to 88, the statement said.

They were shown a variety of meme types with different types of photos and actions and asked to rate the cuteness, humor and emotional responses evoked by the materials, as well as how much the memes in question made them about COVID- 19 thought-provoking.

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Those who viewed memes specifically related to the pandemic felt less stressed than those who viewed non-pandemic-related memes.

They also felt stronger at dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and were better at processing information, according to the study.

The type of meme also plays a role: overall, people who saw memes featuring cute babies or baby animals were less likely to think about the pandemic or the impact it had on them, regardless of the type of action, according to this week’s press release.

The researchers also found that respondents found memes with animals to be cuter than those with people.

“While the World Health Organization has recommended people avoid too much Covid-related media for the benefit of their mental health, our research shows that memes about COVID-19 could help people become more confident in their ability to deal with the pandemic Jessica Gall Myrick, a lead author and professor at Pennsylvania State University, said in a statement.

“This suggests that not all media are equally bad for mental health and people should stop and take stock of what type of media they are consuming. When we are all more aware of how our behavior, including the time spent scrolling, affects our emotional states, we can make better use of social media to help us when we need it and instead take a break when we do they need, “she said.

(With contributions from agencies)

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