This article contains opinion.
Just a few weeks ago, many college students left their universities for what they thought would just be a week. But, within the last two weeks, the world has turned upside down. Universities transitioned to online classes, NBA and NHL’s seasons were postponed, Olympics were postponed until further notice and many other things canceled due to COVID-19.
One thing that has increased is everyone’s use of social media because of social distancing.
During this time especially, people need to keep in mind of what they post and what they are reading on social media. There are many false statements that are circulating right now that are driven by fear. It’s very important to understand what is true and what is false. First you should look at who’s posting it. What is the post about, and can you find the same information elsewhere? Many IUP students have reflected on how social media is impacting them during this difficult time.
“I feel like I’m on social media more, and I shouldn’t be,” Meghan Mccreary (nutrition and dietetics) said. “You have to keep in mind what you’re seeing and if it’s true or not.”
Social media can also add to anxiety and paranoia during this time. Some people may begin to think that they are infected with the virus when it could be a common cold. This is a very difficult time to have a lot of internet access because of all the falsehood that is posted.
“Personally, social media is really annoying me right now,” Mason Carothers (junior, health and physical education) said. “There’s no use panicking and tweeting when you can’t control it.”
“You definitely have to take into account now more than ever that what you see online might not be trustworthy,” Lexi Smith (junior, biology) said.
Right now, social media is all we have in order to communicate with the outside world.
Many members of Greek life have been having Zoom calls with their chapters to check up and keep things organized.
Social media has had many “challenges” that people have been participating in, such as the spread positivity challenge, the 10 push up challenge and numerous Tik Toks. There are many aspects of social media that are forcing us to come together as a nation to fight this virus. Even though it is sad, it’s good to see the people infected by the virus documenting their everyday experience.
Many people are posting positive messages on social media to help people stay calm and to make sure people’s mental health are doing OK. Social media impacts our everyday lives even when things aren’t “normal.”