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Covid, Cyberpsychology, Health and wellbeing, Mental health

Advice on using social media to cope with isolation

Active use of social media will be a lifeline for people coping with social isolation during the Covid-19 crisis, says the British Psychological Society’s Cyberpsychology section

24 March 2020

Useful tips for using social media during Covid-19 include:

Take the time to look at how you are using social media

if you are overwhelmed by the news it may be a good idea to limit how long you spend online.

Be critical of what you see and post

The volume of discussion of Covid-19 makes it hard to find accurate information. Fake news can be difficult to spot – it’s best to follow verified official accounts to ensure information is accurate.

Be on the alert for cybercrime

Crime rates often rise in times of crisis and recent news reports suggest the Covid-19 crisis is seeing an increase in cybercrime. The uncertainty and the way we have become isolated may make us more vulnerable. The National Cyber Security Centre has a wealth of resources to help you be on your guard.

Use hashtags and follow wisely

If you find your newsfeed is dominated by discussions of Covid-19, follow hashtags related to your hobbies or interests as a distraction. Hashtags and groups can be used to find people with similar interests, which helps to combat isolation.

Look for the positives

Social media often gets a bad name, but it can promote acts of altruism. You may find it helpful to seek out more positive content to balance negative stories.